GUWAHATI, Sept 11 - Minister of State for Revenue Pallav Lochan Das today said committees have been formed in the districts to allot the ceiling surplus land of the tea estates to former garden workers.
�We have formed four-member committees in each district for allotting the surplus TE lands to poor inhabitants in the vicinity and former tea garden workers will be given priority,� Das said in response to a question by MLA Kamali Basumatary in the Assembly today.
The minister also said that district administrations have been directed to clear the areas encroached by tea estates.
When BJP legislators Atul Bora and Siddhartha Bhattacharjee pointed out that some TEs were selling off their land which was given by the government on lease, the minister said the Chief Minister has already ordered a probe into the matter. Das said a fresh survey was required to find out how much land has been leased out to each TE.
Meanwhile, the Assembly witnessed noisy scenes during the question hour over the plight of the Assam Tea Corporation gardens, with both the ruling and opposition benches blaming it on the other.