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Land under Tribal Ownership as per West Bengal's Land Reforms Act, 1955


A Raiyat belonging to a Scheduled Tribe may however transfer his or her land to a person not belonging to a Scheduled Tribe with previous permission in writing to the Revenue Officer appointed for this purpose. The Revenue Officer must be satisfied that no purchaser belonging to a Scheduled Tribe is willing to pay the fair market price for the land. The Revenue Officer must also be satisfied that the proposed sale is intended to be made for the improvement of any other part of the holdings or for such other purposes as may be prescribed by the Government.


A raiyat belonging to a Scheduled Tribe may transfer his or her plot of land or any part thereof in any one of the following ways:


  • by a complete usufructuary mortgage entered into with a person belonging to a Scheduled Tribe for a period not exceeding seven years
  • by sale or gift to the Government for a public or charitable purpose
  • by simple mortgage to the Government or to a registered co-operative society
  • by simple mortgage or mortgage by deposit of title deeds in favour of a Scheduled Bank, a co-operative land mortgage bank or corporation owned or controlled by Central or State Government in India for the development of land or for agricultural production
  • by gift or will to a person belonging to a Scheduled Tribe
  • by sale or exchange in favour of any person belonging to a Scheduled Tribe

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