UNDER the Reserves Department, TLTB is geared to complete all allotment process of the Schedule A and Schedule B lands by the year 2018.
Schedule A lands are mataqali lands that have been become extinct during the first formal land enquiry in Fiji (by Ratu Sukuna) and Schedule B lands these are unclaimed land during the first formal land enquiry in Fiji (by Ratu Sukuna).
The allotment work is a process of determining the rightful owner or claimants of the land and returning it to them. Reserves Commissioner Mr Mosese Ratubalavu said TLTB was now trying to complete the return of all Schedule A and Schedule B from the state to the landowners by 2018.
Mr Ratubalavu said the allotment work started in 2000 when it was being handed over by the Lands Department and formalized through gazette notice 1/12/2000 while reservation of land had been ongoing under Section 15 of the iTaukei Land Trust Act Cap 134.
This is important as this serves to secure the welfare of the iTaukei landowners by facilitating its purpose to ensure that reverted Schedule A and B lands are judiciously and effectively allocated to iTaukei landowners.
This is bonded under the iTaukei Land Trust Act Cap 134 (Section 19) and the iTaukei Land Trust (Amendment) Act No 12 of 2002,” he said.
“Reserves Department works under this law to ensure that land are reverted to the right parent communal units as well as ensuring that the landless units and the communal units with insufficient land are also catered for,” he added.
According to Mr Ratubalavu there were 157 parcels are yet to be allotted with an area of approximately 52,437.50 acres.
Like any other positive initiative as such there are always challenges faced like:
• Communication breakdown between landowners and the Provincial Office resulting in non-appearance of claimants thus meeting adjourned and reschedule for another later date.
• Multiple claimants on one particular lot.
• Geographical Location – looks after the whole of Fiji and field inspection are often merged with the reserve sitting or bubului thus limited inspection is always done, • Backlog of allotment cases due to unforeseen circumstances,
• Confused communal units challenging allotment findings which is either holdings or reserve.