Dibrugarh, Aug. 5: Around 3,000 protesters staged a demonstration under the banner of Jokai Anchalik unit of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti in front of the Dibrugarh deputy commissioner’s office today, demanding land rights for farmers.
The protesters held placards and blocked Mancotta Road for two hours, disrupting traffic.
“The agrarian people of Jokai area have not got the land pattas yet. Therefore, we demand the district administration to give them land pattas within three months,” said Sunil Sonowal, KMSS secretary, Jokai Anchalik in Dibrugarh district.
“According to the Forest Rights Act, 2006, land pattas should be provided to those people who have been residing in the forest lands for many years,” he said.
Sonowal said Bhurbari village of Jokai is under threat because of erosion by the Buri Dihing river.
“Every year, agricultural land is eroded by the Buri Dihing, but till now the water resources department has not taken any step to protect the area. We demand that the steel pipe bridge on the Jokai river should be converted into a concrete bridge,” he said.
“According to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 100 days of work should be given to the unemployed, but in Jokai nobody has got any work,” he added.
“Recently in Sarighat, 17km from Dibrugarh, the Sarighat bridge was inaugurated by chief minister Tarun Gogoi but some parts of the bridge have already cracked because of poor quality of work. So, we demand that the department concerned should immediately renovate the damaged parts of the bridge,” said Gitul Bharali, KMSS president, Jokai Anchalik.
He said if their demands were not fulfilled, they would intensify their agitation.