MORIGAON: The All Tiwa Students’ Union (ATSU) has welcomed the Gauhati High Court’s order to all Deputy Commissioners and Chief Secretary of BTAD to file affidavits within February 3, 2020, for an eviction drive against encroachers in reserved areas of tribal belt two days ago.
The ATSU lauded the two-judge bench of Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court, Ajoy Lamba and Justice Asinta Malla Buzarbarua for giving strict orders after submission of a public petition (78/2012) by social worker Pradyut Kr. Bora of Bezgaon, Jorhat district. Besides, the organization thanked public petitioner Pradyut Kr. Bora for taking the initiative.
ATSU president Dharmasingh Bordoloi and secretary Chaniram Maleng said in a statement that the high court passed the notice order to the Chief Secretary of BTAD comprising districts like Kokrajar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri, and to the DCS of Bongaigaon, Kamrup (metro), Morigaon, Sonitpur, and Tinsukia. The high court order also stated that the officers who do not take the necessary steps would be fined.
In connection with this case, an affidavit was submitted by the Joint Secretary to the Government of Assam, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Gitanjali Bhattacharya in which it was stated that the State Government had made all necessary arrangements for the conservation of land of the indigenous people. The government submitted a report of the committee led by retired IAS officer Hari Sankar Brahma. In the report, the committee has provided various suggestions for the protection of the land rights of the indigenous people.