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Guwahati, Aug. 23: Nearly one lakh residents of Guwahati will hit the streets from Monday to protest Dispur’s failure to ensure permanent land settlements for them.
The residents, under the banner of Guwahati Mati Pattakaran Sangram Samiti, have alleged that the government machinery is hand-in-glove with land brokers and thus, the process of land settlement has not yet been executed.
Prabin Jyoti Kalita, the general secretary of the Samiti, told reporters here today that in 2011, chief minister Tarun Gogoi had constituted a special committee under the chairmanship of former minister Bhumidhar Barman to look into the issue. He alleged that the committee had not convened an adequate number of meetings to solve the problem.
“The mandate of the committee was to find out an amicable solution to allow permanent land pattas to residents who are staying in the city for more than 15 years. It was also decided that the committee, comprising ministers, MLAs and district administration officials, would simplify the process of allotting land pattas. There was a decision that the administration would issue pattas on the spot if the land holders possess all relevant and valid documents,” Kalita said.
Unfortunately, no such move had been initiated.
Instead, the Kamrup metro district administration recently introduced a new rule and asked various documents to be produced by landless people to get their land pattas.
Kalita alleged that the new rule would delay the process.
“Files, especially those related to land, simply do not move at the office of deputy commissioner of Kamrup metro without exchanging money. We have enough reasons to believe that the administrative machinery has an understanding with land brokers to deprive genuine residents from getting land pattas,” Kalita alleged.
The members of the Samiti and leaders will burn the copies of the new rules introduced by the metro administration in front of the deputy commissioner’s office in Guwahati on Monday and stage a demonstration.
“The Samiti will hold a state-level convention in Guwahati on October 25 to work out its course of action,” Kalita said, adding that the number of landless living in the city must have reached nearly one lakh.