Meghalaya

Shillong: The Meghalaya Cabinet has approved a land deal with over 1,200 families living “illegally” on government land for several years.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the deal will be a “win-win situation” for both the administration and the signatories.

“We will sign a long-term lease with over 1,200 households living in Balsrigittim and Warimagre localities of Baghmara. The land ownership will remain with the state government,” Sangma said after the cabinet meeting on Monday.

According to the proposal, each family will be allotted not more than 10,000 square feet of land.

“The proposal will be a win-win situation for both the government and the people,” Sangma said.

“The situation right now is that these settlers have been staying there for many decades. Eviction would lead to a law-and-order situation. The best way is to keep ownership with the government, which would earn yearly revenue through the long-term lease,” he added.

According to the proposal, each family will be allotted not more than 10,000 square feet of land.

“The proposal will be a win-win situation for both the government and the people,” he said.

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