Tribal body decries eviction policy
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 3: The All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) has termed the act on the part of Dispur to torch evicted houses, apart from dismantling them in sheer violation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditiol Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 recently, as a cold-blooded brute.
Talking to newsmen in Guwahati on Sunday, AATS general secretary Aditya Khakhlari said: “We demand adequate compensation and rehabilitation of the indigenous and erosion-affected people where they were evicted from. We dare the State Government to make public as to how many indigenous people of the State were given land pattas and how many the people encroaching upon tribal land illegally have been evicted by it so far.”
Khakhari said that the AATS is going to hold its triennial general conference from December 19 at Bijni in Chirang district. Around 1,600 representatives are to take part at the conference that is set to discuss eviction, Dispur not implementing the Act relating to land rights of tribal people, non-eviction of people encroaching upon tribal land illegally, non-fulfillment of backlog ST posts in various government departments etc. Kakhlari issued a piece of warning to the State Government that a series of agitation will be staged by the Sangha after its triennial conference.