KMSS rally in Golaghat town - Organisation submits 12-point charter to Assam chief minister

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  • Published 18.02.14
KMSS activists take out the rally in Golaghat on Monday. Picture by UB Photos

Golaghat, Feb. 17: Golaghat town in Assam today came to a standstill when hundreds of people, including men, women and children, from Doyang, Tengani, Bonkuwal, Bokahat and Dergaon regions of Golaghat district joined a rally organised by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in the town amid a drizzle.

The KMSS organised the rally in support of its 12-point charter that included allotment of land rights to people living in Doyang, Tengani, Rengma, Kaziranga and Morangi, permanent solution to the flood and erosion problem, steps to ensure end to rhino-killing in Kaziranga National Park, stop using agricultural land for industrial purpose, declare Dhansiri as a drought-affected sub-division, providing land rights to tea workers, complete rural electrification at the earliest, permanent solution to Assam-Nagaland border conflict, provide safe drinking water, stop corruption in various government departments, including the anomalies in the public distribution system, hundred per cent irrigation in agricultural lands and drop the idea of constructing a bypass for the proposed four-lane highway through agricultural lands in Dergaon.

Addressing the rally, KMSS president Akhil Gogoi criticised the role of the state government in providing land rights to forest dwellers of the state.

He said while several states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh have already formulated guidelines to provide land rights to the traditional forest dwellers, Dispur has failed to show its seriousness in this regard.

Accusing chief minister Tarun Gogoi of forgetting his promises, Akhil Gogoi said in spite of his promise on December 9 that the state government would write to the Centre on the issues of other traditional forest dwellers, nothing has materialised yet.

Later, the KMSS took out a large procession in the town and submitted a memorandum through the deputy commissioner of Golaghat district to the chief minister, demanding immediate implementation of Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, and its 12-point charter.