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Ministry To End Illegal Sale Of State Land

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resourc­es plans to put an end to the illegal dealing of State Land. Minister Ashneel Sudhakar said this would be a priority for 2019.
05 Jan 2019 10:18
Ministry To End Illegal Sale Of State Land
Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resourc­es plans to put an end to the illegal dealing of State Land.

Minister Ashneel Sudhakar said this would be a priority for 2019.

Mr Sudhakar has identi­fied key areas for his minis­try where improvements are due.

He said an area of concern for him was the issuance of licences for gravel and other mineral resources and he aims to bring a greater sense of transparency to this pro­cess.

“The ministry will ensure the best use of State Land to maximise investment, indus­try and agriculture,” he said.

“We also intend to maxim­ise returns on royalties for landowners and the State.

“We need to ensure land­owners are paid their royal­ties in time and in the right amounts.”

An improved complaints system and database to al­low people to lodge their complaints easily and for the Lands Department to handle it efficiently is another prior­ity area identified by Minis­ter Sudhakar.

“The ministry will also be working to quicken the pro­cessing time for renewal of leases and ensure that lease conditions and other legal requirements on leases are properly followed,” he added.

Edited by Percy Kean

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