Kokrajhar: State Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma on Saturday distributed land pattas under Forest Rights Act to 616 claimants under North Bashbari Gram Sabha in Kokrajhar district.
Addressing the public meeting held at Audang Bazar, Brahma said the land pattas were given to the indigenous tribal people of the North Bashbari area who have been living in the forest over the years. She said the Sarbananda Sonowal-led Government of Assam and Hagrama Mohilary-led BTC administration ensured land to all indigenous landless people. This was part of that initiative, she said, adding that the government would take care of all problems of the indigenous people.
Brahma said the people of North Bashbari area did not get any government privileges and other benefits for living in forest village but after getting land pattas, they would now be eligible for all benefits given by the government as enjoyed by people of other revenue villages. She said the villagers of the area would be able to apply for all government opportunities. She called upon the villagers to plant trees in their plots of land.
Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Partha Pratim Mazumder said it was a laudable effort of the government to distribute land pattas to the bona-fide forest villages who have been there since many years. He said the survey work and other official works were going on to give land pattas to other eligible villagers.
Circle Officer of Kokrajhar, Dipen Barman said as many as 616 claimants under North Bashbari Gram Sabha were given land pattas on Saturday. He said 5,781 bighas of land was allotted to 616 claimants of 16 villages under the Gram Sabha.
The meeting was also attended by BTC EM Doneswar Goyary, former EM Derhasat Basumatary and other dignitaries.