Misings protest eviction

Representatives of Mising community, in a convention in Guwahati today, resolved to put pressure on the state government for rehabilitation of flood and erosion-affected people.

By RAJIV KONWAR in Guwahati
  • Published 14.10.17
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Guwahati, Oct. 13: Representatives of Mising community, in a convention in Guwahati today, resolved to put pressure on the state government for rehabilitation of flood and erosion-affected people.

The convention organised by Mising Bane Kebang criticised the state government for evicting indigenous people who had settled in forestlands after losing everything to floods and erosion.

Jonai MLA Bhuban Pegu also attended the convention.

The groups resolved to ask the state government to provide land to the landless indigenous people of the state. Mising Bane Kebang's president Paramananda Chayengiya said hundreds of families, who had lost their homes to erosion, were still living on embankments. "When these landless people settle on government land they are evicted. We demand the state government to stop evicting Mising people till the time a new revenue policy comes into effect."

The convention resolved to create awareness among the Misings on how to overcome damages by floods and erosion. They will be asked to play a more proactive role like community involvement in building embankments.