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Pattas to 'indigenous' settlers in two months: Dispur

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Nov 2015 12:00 AM GMT

BY Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Nov 27: Assam government on Friday promised land pattas within two months to indigenous dwellers in government lands, forest tracts and to people of the tea community, small tea growers and rubber cultivators.

According to the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity, some 64,000 dwellers in the city of Guwahati will get pattas.

The government's assurance came during a meeting with agitating members of the Ga Mukti Sangram Asom and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity.

The government also assured the organizations that it will come up with a new land policy during the next budget session of the assembly.

Agriculture minister Rakibul Hussain said the government has also decided to file a prayer at the Gauhati High Court seeking six more months to clear the encroachments in Kaziranga tiol Park.

The government also assured the agitators that the indigenous people evicted from the tiol park will be given an adequate rehabilitation package.

The KMSS also demanded a halt to the process of auctioning and leasing of wetlands, rivers etc and insisted that these should be handed over to people whose livelihood is linked to fishing. The government representatives, however, sought time to discuss the issue.

Besides Hussain, Assam government was represented by Revenue minister Bhumidhar Barman, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and Additiol Chief Secretaries SC Das and Rajiv Bora. Akhil Gogoi, Kamal Medhi and other leaders represented the agitators.

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