GUWAHATI, April 25 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the revenue department to implement the recommendations of the Committee on Protection of Land Rights of Indigenous People to protect their rights over land.
To ensure land rights of the indigenous people of Assam, the State government had constituted the high-level committee in February last year. Led by former Chief Election Commissioner Hari Sankar Brahma, the six-member committee travelled the length and breadth of the State, discussed with all the stakeholders and formulated two reports.
The reports contain altogether 180 recommendations, including protection of land rights of the indigenous people. Both the reports, submitted to the Assam government, also deal with land revenue regulations, land ceiling Act, land laws, protection of tribal belts and blocks, distribution of land pattas, land survey, and protection of Wakf and Sattra land.
Sonowal directed the revenue department to immediately implement the recommendations like formulation of a new land policy based on the old land policy, resettlement of lands, distribution of land pattas, survey of land, etc.
The Chief Minister said it has been one of the priorities of the government to �ensure land rights of the indigenous people and enable them enjoy the dignity of life in their own land.� He said the indigenous people living in the State for several decades but not having land in their names should get rights over land.
For rehabilitation of thousands of people rendered homeless by flood and erosion in the State, Sonowal asked the authorities concerned to file a petition before the Supreme Court to exempt Assam from the purview of the ban imposed on the use of VGR (village grazing reserve) and PGR (professional grazing reserve) land in Assam.