JORHAT, Aug 29 - Demanding the implementation of the inner line permit system for the entry of citizens from other States into Assam, hundreds of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) members and supporters on Friday formed a human chain from the Ajanta Hall bypass to the Mithapukhuri area here.
The protesters complained that the State Government has not taken any initiative to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the State as wealthy businessmen from outside the State have easy access to land, forests and other natural resources.
�As people from other States have settled here permanently for commercial activities, the demographic profile has also changed in every part of our State. It is a matter of serious concern as the indigenous population has lost their right to land and forests in several pockets. We demand that the State Government should implement the inner line permit system to restrict the unabated sale of land and natural resources, including forest produce of the State, to outsiders,� said Ritul Pathak, president of the Jorhat district unit of the AJYCP.
As most north-eastern States except Assam have the inner line permit system in place to restrict the entry of citizens from other States, the land belonging to the indigenous communities of those States is said to be safe.
Expressing concern over the Government�s alleged negligence towards the AJYCP demand, Pathak said that the youth body would intensify its agitation in future if no proper initiative was taken to introduce the inner line permit system in the State soon.