Panaji: The four-decade old legislation
enacted soon after Goa`s liberation from Portuguese rule has
now become handy for the state government to save the
properties of tribal communities from being robbed by the land
State Revenue department in its recent circular has asked the officers not to
allow sale of land belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST) or
Scheduled Caste (SC) community to non-tribal or non-SC buyers.
Goa has been witnessing protests by tribal people under
aegis of United Tribal Associations Alliance (UTAA). These
forest dwellers fear extinction of their tradition, culture
They are also demanding implementation of reservation
in government jobs. The circular issued by Pandharinath Naik,
Under Secretary (Revenue) reads `the lands which are in the
possession of SC and ST are being sold or purchased and
transferred to persons who do not hail from these
The revenue department, which deals with the sale of
properties in the state, has acknowledged that such sales to
non-tribal buyers have instilled a fear in the minds of these
communities leading to dissent.
"They are apprehensive that they may lose their identity,
culture, tradition due to influx of the people from outside,"
the government circular reads.
Goa government has asked its officers to implement the
notification issued on August 21, 1978 under Sub Section (2)
Section 24 of the Goa Daman and Diu, Land Revenue Land
Revenue Code, 1968.