| KMSS president Akhil Gogoi at the rally in Dhubri on Tuesday. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, Jan. 7: Nearly 3,000 farmers of Dhubri district, led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president Akhil Gogoi, hit the streets and held a meeting at Raja Prabhat Chandra Barua Maidan here, demanding pattas for the landless.
Addressing the meeting, Akhil gave the state government a year’s ultimatum to issue pattas to the landless farmers who have been living in the sars (river islands) for quite a long time, particularly before March 25, 1971.
“We held a meeting with the government twice on providing land patta to the farmers and other people of the state and it was agreed upon that these will be issued soon,” Akhil said.
He said the large chunks of agricultural land that had been purchased by land mafia, companies, capitalists and big traders by manipulating documents, would be grabbed by force by the farmers again from January 15 (the day after Magh Bihu).
Making scathing attacks on the Congress, BJP, AGP and AIUDF, the KMSS leader said all the public representatives of these parties are neck deep in corruption.
The underprivileged have to cough up money for Indira Awaas Yojana houses and job-card holders also have to pay hefty amounts from their wages to get payment under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, he alleged.
He also expressed surprise over agricultural land being encroached upon by the owners of brick kilns in the district. The government should demarcate land for the kilns and under no circumstances should agricultural land be used for this purpose, he said.
He also appealed to the people not to allow the MLAs and MPs to exploit them, as they emerge only during polls to distribute blankets.
“Please stop this blanket culture. You have the strength to change the situation in your favour if you become united, irrespective of religion. Fight united to get your legitimate dues,” he said.
The KMSS also submitted a memorandum to Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita through Dhubri circle officer Sarfraz Haque.