Assam govt to distribute land pattas to around 60,000 indigenous families

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GUWAHATI | Sept 15, 2020:

Assam government will be distributing land pattas (land allotment) to about 60 thousand indigenous landless families of the state on October 5.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the revenue department chaired by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday.

CM Sonowal said that the state government has been giving topmost priority to provide land pattas to landless people.

Sonowal directed the Revenue Department to take steps for involving the ministers and MPs in-charge of respective districts in the land patta distribution programmes to be held in all districts.

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"The state government has formulated Land Policy 2019 following the recommendation of Hari Shankar Brahma Committee on Protection of Land Rights of Indigenous People while taking steps for freeing encroachments from satra lands," he said.

The committee in its report has stated, "…protecting the land rights of the indigenous people of Assam which in truth is linked to protecting the very identity of the colourful pristine people of the land we all live in."

It adds, "But by far the most serious threats to the security of the land rights and the very identity of the indigenous people of Assam has come from the sustained immigration of Bengali Muslim peasants into mainland Assam from the neighbouring districts of pre-independent Assam/erstwhile East Pakistan and now Bangladesh."

The chief minister also announced that the state government would take steps for providing land pattas to more than one lakh indigenous families within this year.

Among the decisions taken in the meeting, small tea growers would be provided land pattas ceremonially at a programme at Jorhat while the policy would be finalized soon to rehabilitate the people rendered homeless by flood and erosion in the state.