Assam Govt. agrees to form new land policy, crack down on mafia

Last Updated: Thu, May 09, 2013 13:30 hrs

Thousands of demonstrators led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) chief Akhil Gogoi, organised a huge protest against the land mafia in Assam on Thursday, and forced the state government to frame a new land policy, which will benefit the landless masses and farmers.

The change in attitude of the state government is like a ray of hope for the landless, whereas the land mafia finds itself on the backfoot after the tough stance taken by the demonstrators.

It may be mentioned here that the KMSS has been fighting for the cause of landless and farmers in the state for long.

The KMSS staged the huge demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in Guwahati. The demonstrators shouted slogans against alleged land violators like Suresh Prithani and Ram Avatar Burakia and burnt their effigies too.

The public pressure led the state government to convene a meeting with KMSS representatives at the Assam Secretariat.

Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) led the government delegation at the talks with the KMSS representatives, and at the end, it was agreed by both parties that a new land policy is the need of the hour, and as such, the government in principle, agreed to frame the same at the earliest.

Later, speaking to the demonstrators, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi described it as a win for the landless masses of the state.

Gogoi said that the state government has assured him that it will conduct an revenue enquiry against alleged land violators like Suresh Prithani and Kailash Lohia.

The land scam that rocked Assam has the potential to be the biggest land scam of the country involving farmland. The monetary worth of the scam is reported to be around 1000 crore rupees. It approximately involves around 10,000 bighas of agricultural land. (ANI)

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