From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 24: The Chief Minister’s tea garden bus policy and distribution of periodic pattas among 222 families was launched in Mariani on Sunday which was formally iugurated by MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Power, Government of Assam, Rupjyoti Kurmi in presence of Deputy Commissioner Jorhat, Solanki Vishal Vasant, SDC Torali Das Gogoi and a host of other noted persolities of the town and the assembled public.
Also, 199 families who had earlier received allotment certificates were granted miyadi (permanent land holding) pattas certificates. Altogether a total of 400 to 500 families of Mariani have been benefited with the distribution of the land documents by the Assam Government that had commenced a few months back.
Addressing the public, Deputy Commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant said, “Today we have launched the scheme in Jorhat district as it has been done in other districts as well. The idea is give periodic pattas, that is land ownership title to various families belonging to the tea tribe s. They are the focus areas. These families are living in the tea garden ceiling surplus land for the last 30 to 40 years but have not got ownership title so far. But now we have made a survey and tried to give them pattas along with those tea and ex-tea tribe families, other families who had allotment certificates or who were entitled to get such ownership titles. Today I am happy to inform that around 2,050 families will be benefited across all six circles. In the last one year this special effort was done to provide this ownership titles to these families so that they can avail bank loans and can in the future if required sell the land. So it becomes easier for them to engage in bank transactions.”
“Apart from that another scheme has been introduced that is ‘Bagan Bus’ (tea garden bus) where buses would plying in tea garden areas, thus ebling students of tea garden community to visit nearby areas free of cost through these buses and which will help the students to take up education in a more convenient manner and will also help the residents of the tea garden areas to move around freely even if roads are bad sometimes. At least these buses will help them for better communication,” added DC Solanki Vishal Vasant.
Later on legislator Rupjyoti Kurmi said, “The tea garden community often has to pass through days of fincial hardships because of their earnings. They cannot even afford a bicycle for their students to go to school and colleges. It was for this reason that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi initiated the ‘Bagan Bus’ policy. Students of Bahoni, Kheremia have to travel more than 10 kilometers via a connecting road to reach Mariani Mahavidyalaya, Agarwall School and other institutions. While travelling by rickshaw and Magic vehicles they have to spend more than Rs 40 on their to-and-fro journey. Because of fincial crunch they stopped coming to school but with Bagan Bus Sewa, the education of the tea garden students will resume once again.”
“The bus service will start from Heelekha tea garden through Dhopatbari, Nogadhuli, Hatipoti, Hunuwal tea estate and filly Mariani Tili. The services of the bus can be availed by all including non-tea garden students who have an identity card of any educatiol institution. They just have to wait near the road side and sigl for the bus to stop. Similarly, the other bus will pass through Gabharu, Hemlai, Lahing Higher Secondary and Lahing Girls’ School to benefit students of Hemlai High school and Lahing Girls’ School. The distance from Rongkham border area to Hemlai is more than 10 kilometers and I expect the services of the second bus will benefit all. Similarly the third bus will pass through Khanikar Tea garden, Boisahabi, Char line, Dalim, Gorchuk, amsessu and Selenghat Higher Secondary and filly Selenghat Girls’ School. Today is just a ceremony to launch the three buses. In future we have plans to connect ginijaan to Baalijaan and kachari Higher Secondary. Moreover, plans are also afoot to help the student’s community of Dihingiapara, Disoi and Katholguri so that they can reach Mariani in ease,” he added.