GUWAHATI, April 3 - The Guwahati Mati Pattakaran Sangram Samiti has welcomed the announcement made by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the issue of issuing pattas (permanent land settlement right documents) to the indigenous people of the State.
The Samiti in its annual meet held at Sarusajai Kailashpur recently expressed the hope that the State Government would soon initiate steps to grant land settlement rights to 85,000 indigenous landless families of Guwahati. The Samiti said in a statement that its office-bearers, including its president Pranab Goswami and secretary Prabinjyoti Kalita demanded that the government should not launch any drive to evict the indigenous landless families from government land they are occupying, without making any alternative arrangement for their settlement. They also called for urgent steps to accord land settlement rights to these families of indigenous people. The conference elected Pranab Goswami as its president and Prabinjyoti Kalita as secretary of the 21-member new committee, said the press release.