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KMSS wants crackdown on chit fund companies
GUWAHATI: Even as the government shut down the operations of the Saradha Group in Assam, team Anna member and president of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Akhil Gogoi, on Wednesday alleged that many other fraud chit fund companies are still functioning in the state and have a nexus with politicians.
“Good governance has taken a backseat in Assam. That is why, thugs, in the form of chit fund companies and land mafia, have spread their tentacles in the state with the help of corrupt politicians, ministers and bureaucrats,” Akhil said.
He asked the state government to stop the operations of other chit fund companies immediately, saying that closing down just Saradha Group’s offices would not help rescue investors in Assam from being duped by these dubious companies.
While chit fund companies have cheated many investors in the state, Akhil alleged that land mafia were working hand in glove with politicians and bureaucrats to buy agricultural land owned by small farmers at cheap rates and using it for non-agricultural activities.
Akhil said from 2001 to 2011, more than 28,000 bighas of agricultural land has been used for non-agricultural activities despite the fact that the Assam Land Revenue Regulation 1886 (amended) prevents large-scale transfer of agricultural land from agriculturists to non-agriculturists.
He added that in recent times about 150 bighas of agricultural land in Mirza area of Kamrup district has been procured by a real estate developer for setting up a township.
“According to information we gathered after filing RTI, the entire 150-bigha plot was earlier used for agriculture but is now being converted into a township. There are many such instances in the state, thanks to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats,” Akhil alleged.
Recently, the KMSS staged a mass demonstration against real estate developer for procuring agricultural land and using it for non-agricultural activities.
“There are over a lakh of landless people who have been displaced by erosion of the Brahmaputra banks. There are scores of farmers in the state who still haven’t got land pattas. On the other hand, bighas after bighas of agricultural land is sold to real estate developers and corporate houses. We demand a CBI inquiry into the large-scale land scam going on in the state,” Akhil said.