THE ownership of all iTaukei land shall remain with the customary owners of that land.
And iTaukei land shall not be permanently alienated, whether by sale, grant, transfer or exchange, except to the state, the new 2013 Constitution states.
The recognition of the indigenous people or the iTaukei, their ownership of iTaukei lands, their unique culture, customs, traditions and language has been incorporated in the final version of the Constitution that was released by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.
Under the 2013 Constitution, any iTaukei land acquired by the state for a public purpose after the commencement of this Constitution under any written law shall revert to the customary owners if the land is no longer required by the state.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said those were put in place to address some of the issues people felt about the non-recognition of indigenous people and their culture.