GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - The Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG), while urging the State government to make arrangements for immediate rehabilitation and proper compensation for the families evicted from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, has said that a thorough probe should be conducted to find out the role of officials and even public representatives, who let the settlement acquire the shape of a properly developed locality with electricity lines, roads and even a school.
In a statement the NGO said it is true that the forest land should be free from encroachment, but the human angle too should not be ignored. �Moreover, we need to take into consideration the fact that the administration and the government had played an equal role in �near legalising� the illegal settlement in the area by facilitating electricity connections and other forms of facilities. The local MLA had inaugurated the school in that area and even the Forest Minister was felicitated there,� the SGBG said.
�Now we have seen that the houses built with the settlers� hard-earned money were demolished, without alternative arrangements being made. Further, other issues like the cold weather and loss of academic days were also not taken into consideration,� the SGBG rued.