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Land panel report accepted

Guwahati, Sept. 4: The Tarun Gogoi cabinet accepted the Bhumidhar Barman committee report this evening, which had recommended allotment of land pattas to those residing on government land, excluding forests and wetland, for over 10 years.

The meeting, chaired by Gogoi, also hiked auto fares to Rs 30 per 2km travel, provincialised services of employees of Guwahati Municipal Corporation and other urban bodies, decided to stick to UGC guidelines for career advancement of college teachers and librarians and allow arts graduates instead of only agriculture students to join Assam Subordinate Agriculture Services, according to parliamentary affairs minister Nilamani Sen Deka.

The move to allot 1.5 kathas to those in possession of government land will benefit several thousand landless in the city but the nitty-gritty of the rules governing the allotment will be known at a later stage.

Those seeking land pattas have been agitating for several years now, with 80,000-85,000 landless families living here. But a government survey had revealed their number to be around 65,000.