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Monday , June 16 , 2014
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Member admits BTAD influx

Kokrajhar, June 15: Over three lakh bighas of land in tribal belts, blocks and tribal sub-plan areas in the BTAD are under illegal encroachment.

BTC executive member, land and land revenue department, Reo Reoa Narzihary, revealed the fact in a written reply to a question by council member Pradip Daimary during the BTC summer session held on June 10.

Narzihary said a total of 3,49,505 bighas, four kothas and eight lessas of land in tribal belts, blocks and sub-plan areas have been encroached illegally.

Daimary had questioned whether the administration has information on fresh encroachment and the area under illegal occupation of “outsiders”.

Daimary said the council was created from areas comprising tribal belts and blocks under the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation (Amendment) Act, 1947, and the tribal sub-plan areas. “The tribal belts and blocks are protected under this act and no one has the right to take over land without proper permission,” he added.

Various organisations, including All Assam Tribal Sangha, Tribal Youth League and All Bodo Students’ Union have been voicing concern over the illegal encroachment and demanded enactment of a new land law in the state for protection of the land rights of tribal and other indigenous people.

They have demanded strong measures against illegal settlers and migrants and urged the Centre to take practical and time-bound decisions to solve the influx issue.