GUWAHATI, June 6 – The Kamrup district administration today conceded to the demand of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) to issue myadi land pattas to those indigenous people of the district who have been living in ceiling surplus land, touji land and other Government land.
The KMSS said in a statement that the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the district assured its delegation of issuing the necessary notices in this connection within the next seven days. The DC met the KMSS delegation following a demonstration held by the Samiti in front of the DC’s office.
The DC assured the KMSS delegation-led by its president Akhil Gogoi, that an enquiry would be instituted into the allegation of farm land being used for non-agricultural purposes and notices would be served on those who have been committing this offence. Steps would also be taken against those found using farmland for non-agricultural purposes according to Section 191 of the Cr PC, the DC told the Samiti delegation.
Regarding the allegation of industrialist Suresh Prithani not using 167 bighas of land under the North Guwahati Sila Grant for industrial purposes, the DC said steps would be taken against him, if the charge was found true.
Enquiry would also be instituted into the allegation of Prithani selling out the 280 bighas of land he was allotted in 2009 without completing the mandatory ten-year term, the DC told the KMSS delegation. He also assured the delegation that steps would be taken to distribute this plot of land among the local farmers, who have rayati khatian against any part of it, and also among the other local farmers of the area.
The KMSS delegation was also assured by the DC that the Land Ceiling Act would be strictly implemented.
The DC told the KMSS delegation that land would be allotted to the immigrant Muslim farmers living on the Bhatkhowadiya Char, Pagladiya Char, Kalapani Char and Gaonburha Pam of Palasbari area. The people living in the forest areas of the district would also be issued land patta for the land under their occupation under the provisions of the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
The DC agreed to issue Rs 6-a-kg rice cards to those weavers who come from outside to work at Sualkuchi, said the KMSS in its statement.