GUWAHATI, Oct 24 - Dispur LAC MLA Atul Bora has called for an inquiry against illegal settlements on forest and government land during the last 10 years and has submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in this connection.
Bora has also requested the Chief Minister to take stringent measures against those behind the scandal.
It needs to be mentioned that several organisations and local people of Dispur constituency have apprised the MLA of permanent settlements in large tracts of forest land, hills and other government land, particularly in the greater Dimoria area from Khanapara to Sonapur along both sides of the national highway and also in Chandrapur.
�Huge areas of forest land, the roadside hills and other government land from Khanapara to Sonapur in greater Dimoria and in Chandrapur have now become the property of big businessmen through a deep-rooted conspiracy. Most of the land has been settled permanently and myadi pattas have been given to the big businessmen during the last ten years. While a poor, indigenous person living in the areas for generations, could not get a myadi patta even for a single bigha of land in those areas, the big businessmen have become owners of very large areas of land through unscrupulous means,� said Bora.
Bora also expressed concern regarding the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary and said that this sanctuary, which forms a very important ecosystem, has been systematically destroyed through direct collusion between officials of the forest and revenue departments. �More than half of the land belonging to the sanctuary has been settled in favour of the big businessmen with collusion of government officials. The big businessmen have now started cutting hills for erecting boundary walls/fences, cutting trees, driving away wildlife and have started various construction activities,� said Bora.