GUWAHATI, Dec 29 - The Government of Assam is contemplating constituting a specialized land and revenue service, exclusively for land administration matters to avoid the drawbacks evident in the present circumstances.
This was observed by Subhas Chandra Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam while releasing a book on land and revenue laws of Assam, published by the Assam Civil Service Officers� Association, today at the Pensioners� Bhawan here.
Hari Prasad Chaliha, president of the association, presided over the function.
In his address, Das made observations on the services of the ACS officers during the last several decades for the fulfilment of the administrative goals of the Government.
Speaking on the occasion as the special guest, DN Chakravartty, senior journalist, dwelt at length on the gigantic problems of infiltration of foreigners and encroachment of different categories of land and held the government administrative machinery, right from the lat-mandal to officers, both high and low and their political masters, responsible for the same. He stressed the need for a concerted popular drive to force the Government to introduce more effective land laws and also to strengthen the enforcement machinery so that damage to the national interest could not be done because of the delinquent performance of the mandals and revenue officers. He also mentioned the need for enactment of new law prohibiting outsiders from acquiring land in Assam.
Jagat Chandra Borah, general secretary of the association, explained the purpose of the meeting. Kanak Chandra Sarma, former vice president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and retired senior ACS officer, in his speech, explained how there had been indiscriminate encroachment and transfer of agriculture land for non-agriculture purpose.
The book contains the history of land revenue in the country, with special reference to the revenue laws of Ahom administration, besides giving a brief introduction to the genesis and development of the Indian Civil Service and Assam Civil Service. The book also mentions about the illustrious civil servants of Assam, right from Maniram Dewan, Ananda Ram Dhekial Phukan, Gunabhiram Baruah, Kanaklal Baruah, Siddheswar Gohain and Rabindra Ram Khound.