LAKHIMPUR, April 10: In the long run, 153 flood and erosion victim families of Lakhimpur got rid of prolonged 18-year sufferings of their life. Each of these families got a piece of land to live permanently in one place, which subsequently brought an end to their vagrant life.
It is noteworthy that these families lived at Kaliani village under Ghusuti Gaon Panchayat in Lakhimpur Development Block. The devastating flood and erosion caused by the Subansiri river eroded away the village in 2000, as a result of which they were compelled to live on the embankment of the river at Dhalghat losing their homes and properties. Since then the miserable plight of the homeless people had been in news and the victim families initiated various protest programmes led by Asom Anusuchito Jati Yuva Chatra Santha demanding rehabilitation.
Though the State government instructed the district administration in 2013 to allot them lands to rehabilitate, it was not possible due to the impact of red-tapism during the last five years. However, the district administration handed over the patta of allotted land to the families on Monday at Boicha Garumuria village (No. 1 Hindu Gaon) under Lakhimpur Gaon Panchayat in a public meeting.