Nagaon: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the present State government had assumed power with the commitment to secure jati, mati, bheti (community, home and hearth) as the government will keep working to this end without any compromise.
Speaking at a Bhogali Bihu celebration programme held in Nagaon, Chief Minister Sonowal said that for the last few days certain sections of the people of the state have cast aspersions on this avowed objective of the government. However, he said, “As a son of the soil, I would like to assure everybody that there is no need of being apprehensive in Assam”.
Even after several years of Assam Accord, no government took any pragmatic steps for fulfilling the clauses of the Assam Accord. However, the present government at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took encouraging and practical steps for the fulfillment of Clause VI of the Assam Accord. Constitution of a high-powered committee is an example to Centre’s sincerity to give constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people of the state. He also urged upon the AASU leadership to take an exemplary step as a member of the high powered committee to enable the government to accord special rights to the people of Assam, Sonowal added.
The Chief Minister also said that the Central government under Prime Minister Modi to grant ST status to six communities passed a bill in the Lok Sabha and introduced the same in the RS which will ensure the protection of the rights of the people belonging to these communities in the state.
He also reiterated that rights of the people of Assam on jati, mati and bheti are secured and nobody should be under the impression that their rights will be violated under any circumstances. Making his government’s intention clear, Sonowal said that for ensuring rights of the indigenous people over land, the State government for the first time in the history distributed land pattas to 11,500 landless families on one single day. He also said that to expedite the process the government would grant land pattas to one lakh indigenous families in the state in the next few months. Moreover, to safeguard the interests of the small tea growers, government of Assam would also give land pattas to 1.30 lakh tea growers. He also said that his government will continue its unrelenting tirade for a corruption-free, pollution-free, foreigners-free and militancy-free Assam.
Organised by All Nagaon Bhogali Bihu Celebration committee, its President Dr. Nagen Kalita, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, MLA Nagaon Rupak Sarma also spoke on the occasion. Chairman of Assam Film Finance Development Corporation Limited Jatin Bora, Secretary General Asom Sahitya Sabha Padum Rajkhowa, and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.