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CM distributes land pattas to forest dwellers

 TEZPUR, Feb 12 - Turning the long-cherished dream of land rights of the indigenous tribal people in forest areas by the tribal people living in the northern belt in Sonitpur district into a reality, State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today distributed land pattas to those who have been living in those areas over the years, in a public meeting at Chardwar in Sonitpur district.

Addressing a public rally, he declared that in the next three months, the entire long-pending dispute over the providing of land pattas to the occupants of the tribal belts under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 will be solved after a re-examination of the matter. The Chief Minister as a token distributed land pattas to 14 people of Chardwar area. Reiterating his recent announcement of development projects for the Bodos, Gogoi said that the Bodo language will be made an associate official language in the State, a cultural research centre in memory of UN Brahma will be set up in Guwahati, and a high-level observation committee will be formed with retired tribal judges for the observation of encroachment in tribal Belt and Block areas in the State.

Claiming that he has done a lot of developmental work for the Bodos in the last 15 years of the Congress rule in the State, he also stated that the Bodos are with the Congress, as apart from the Congress, no one feels the woes of the community, which often goes unheard.

Meanwhile, hailing Gogoi’s positive steps towards the Bodos, the All Bodo Students’ Union said that parties which give priority to the issues of the Bodo community, the ABSU and the Bodo people will extend their support in the forthcoming Assembly polls. On the other hand, the ABSU also demanded an ITI at Batachipur area, a UPSC-coaching centre at Gohpur, DIET at Biswanath with the appointment of Boro teacher for the training of Boro medium school teachers and a dairy farming project within Chardwar and Batachipur area in Sonitpur district.

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