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Return of extinct Mataqali/Yavusa lands in progress

July 6, 2015 5:22 am

Work done by the committee dealing with the return of extinct mataqali and yavusa lands is moving ahead steadily.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this in Parliament today as he answered a question raised by Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu.

Bainimarama says 844 parcels were transferred from the state to the iTaukei Lands Trust Board.

Out of this total, 782 parcels have been eluded to the Yavusa and other claimants while 62 parcels are currently being processed.

‘’Schedule A lands and Sechedule B lands 260 parcels have been transferred from the state to the TLTB, 176 parcels have been allotted to Yavusa and other claimants and brings about a 68% completion. That’s the update right now on the extinct Mataqali and Yavusa lands’’.

A committee has been appointed with the responsibility for the return of extinct lands. The committee comprises of the General Manager of the iTaukei Lands Trust Board, the chairman iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission and the Deputy Chief executive officer of the iTaukei Affairs Board.

The work involves creating a new Register of iTaukei Lands or RTL for lands under both Schedule A and Schedule B.

Schedule A lands are those portions whose ownership was already extinct during the first sitting of the Lands Commission and in which the ownership was known but there were no surviving members.

The second category, Schedule B, is those portions of land whose ownership was not determined during the first sitting of the Lands Commission and for which there were no claimants.