KMSS Stages Mass Protest Against New Land Policy

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The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has staged a mass protest at Chachal in Guwahati against the decision of the new land policy passed by the Cabinet.

The KMSS demands to withdraw the new land policy which is against the indigenous people of Assam and also demands land acquisition for the people of the state.

Speaking to Pratidin Time, KMSS Chief, Akhil Gogoi said, “The BJP government assured that they will provide land patta to the indigenous people of the state but the new land policy passed by the Cabinet says that the Assamese people will not get land patta.”

Gogoi said that the state government has deprived the indigenous people of the state to provide land and that they are more anxious about providing land for the industrialists. As per the new land policy, three bighas of land are to be allotted for the landless but the policy itself is a rather vague one.

It was announced a while back that the landless farmers will receive eight bighas of land, however, this policy was later amended by the Government. 65,000 families are residing in the hilly areas of Kamrup (M) and 20,000 families in the plains. Although these families have been residing in the same place for decades, the Government has still not been able to secure land pattas for these indigenous people.”

The KMSS demanded for a new land policy where all the indigenous people residing in the State for long years, are provided with land in the same spot of their current residence.

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