GUWAHATI, July 2 � A special general meeting of the voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has raised the demand for granting permanent land settlement rights to all those indigenous families who have been living on the city hills continuously for the past 15 years.
The Government should have gone for such a step many years back, as, the issue is a sensitive one, said the SGBG members in an extraordinary general meeting of the organisation here recently.
The present initiative of the State Government to grant permanent land settlement rights to these people is a step in the right direction and all sections of the city people should extend their unstinted cooperation to accomplish this task amicably, said the participants of the meeting.
The participants of the meeting also expressed their dismay at the failure of the authorities concerned to control the situation that arose at Dispur on June 22 last during the agitational progamme of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and the Brihattar Guwahati Mati Patta Dabi Samiti. The Kamrup (Metro) administration and police administration failed to keep the situation under control that day, they said and demanded an impartial enquiry into the incident. Blaming Akhil Gogoi for the incident and putting him behind the bar is not a solution to this problem, they opined.
Meanwhile, Akhil Gogoi, the general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), through a press statement, has demanded a new land policy for the State.
The demand was supported by the Nari Mukti Sangram Samiti, an associate organisation of the KMSS.
The Narmada Andolan has also extended its support to KMSS�s agitation in support of �landless� farmers and condemned Government�s �repression�, a press statement said.