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�No dilution or amendment to Assam Land Act will be allowed�

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 31 - The tribal organisations of Assam have made it clear that under no circumstances, any dilution or amendment to Chapter X of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act would be accepted by the existing tribal population of the State.

Alleging that the State government is planning to dilute the law protecting tribal blocks and belts of Assam, the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA) said that such a move would render the indigenous tribal people landless in their own land.

Decrying a recent remark by State Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at Sadiya on the issue, the forum of more than 20 tribal bodies stated that any such move by the government would be strongly resisted by the tribal population of the State.

Minister Sarma, at a meeting at Sadiya, had stated that the government would soon carry out a survey and take necessary steps for allowing all the indigenous communities to purchase and sell land at Sadiya freely. He had further stated that the law related to tribal blocks and belts would also be amended soon.

�It is a government ploy to snatch away the land rights of the tribal population of Assam. The blocks and belts, already facing the threat of encroachment, are the only protective shield to save the tribal land from big corporate, socially and financially affluent sections of people, and a powerful nexus of land mafia. This is the last thing we expect from a government, which has come to power with a promise to protect the jati, maati, bheti of the indigenous people of Assam,� Aditya Khaklari, chief convenor of CCTOA said.

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�No dilution or amendment to Assam Land Act will be allowed�

GUWAHATI, Oct 31 - The tribal organisations of Assam have made it clear that under no circumstances, any dilution or amendment to Chapter X of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act would be accepted by the existing tribal population of the State.

Alleging that the State government is planning to dilute the law protecting tribal blocks and belts of Assam, the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA) said that such a move would render the indigenous tribal people landless in their own land.

Decrying a recent remark by State Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at Sadiya on the issue, the forum of more than 20 tribal bodies stated that any such move by the government would be strongly resisted by the tribal population of the State.

Minister Sarma, at a meeting at Sadiya, had stated that the government would soon carry out a survey and take necessary steps for allowing all the indigenous communities to purchase and sell land at Sadiya freely. He had further stated that the law related to tribal blocks and belts would also be amended soon.

�It is a government ploy to snatch away the land rights of the tribal population of Assam. The blocks and belts, already facing the threat of encroachment, are the only protective shield to save the tribal land from big corporate, socially and financially affluent sections of people, and a powerful nexus of land mafia. This is the last thing we expect from a government, which has come to power with a promise to protect the jati, maati, bheti of the indigenous people of Assam,� Aditya Khaklari, chief convenor of CCTOA said.

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