NAGAON, Oct 5 - �People of Nagaon took active part several times to change the history of Assam and it is expected that the people of Nagaon this time also will take an active part to solve the land problem of the State.� This was observed by eminent litterateur, veteran journalist and former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Kanak Sen Deka while inaugurating a seminar on �Jati, Mati, Bheti � The Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act 1886 (Chapter X)� held here recently.
�There is enough land in Assam, enough natural resources, but there is no political will and the people and officials have no responsibility and that is why our State is lagging behind in the path of progress,� he further added.
Deka also highlighted the problems of flood and erosion and said that large areas of our land have been occupied by neighbouring States. He said that there are only 2% people of Japan who are engaged in agricultural works, but they export their produce, whereas in Assam more than 80% of people are in this sector, but we have to import foodgrains from other parts of the country.
Senior advocate of Gauhati High Court Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, senior advocate Bimal Saikia, writer and journalist Pratap Bordoloi also shed light on the topic. All the speakers advocated change of the British-era Act and enactment of a new law to safeguard the indigenous people of Assam. They also felt that Asam Bhumi Surakhya Mahasabha should work for a new land law for the benefit of the people of the State.
Senior advocate of Gauhati High Court conducted the seminar and secretary of the Mahasabha Dr Durlobh Chamua welcomed the guests.