GUWAHATI, Nov 7 – The delegates’ session of the two-day convention on illegal migration, land rights to the indigenous people, resolution of the flood and erosion problem and the mega dam issue today decided to launch a united agitation for deportation of the post March25, 1971 illegal migrants. The convention was organised by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).
It also demanded steps to complete the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by December 30, 2013. For the purpose, it suggested that the 1951 NRC and the electoral rolls of 1967 and 1971 should be taken as the basis.
The convention further demanded signing of expatriation treaties by the Government of India with its Bangladesh and Nepal counterparts to facilitate deportation of the foreign nationals originating from these countries.
Besides, the convention called for steps to seal the Indo-Bangla border.
On the issue of land rights to the indigenous people, the convention said that each of the landless indigenous peasants should be allotted 12 bighas of tilling land. It also called for steps to prevent transfer of land from the farmers to others for other purposes.
Moreover, it said, the indigenous people who have been settling on the Government land should be granted land patta for the land under their possession. The Government should immediately undertake land survey urgently for the resolution of the land-related problems, it said.
On the issues concerning flood and erosion, the convention called for a national policy and enactments for the rehabilitation of those people of the State uprooted by flood and erosion. It also underlined the need to adopt long-term and scientific schemes for the solution of the problems of flood and erosion.
The convention demanded that the mega dam projects should be abandoned and in lieu of these projects micro dam projects should be undertaken.
The convention was inaugurated by noted scholar and former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Prof Deba Prasad Barooah. It was addressed by the representatives of 35 political parties and organisations, including Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chattra Parishad, All Deuri Students’ Union, All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union, All Tai Ahom Students’ Union, All Bodo Students’ Union, both factions of the All Assam Minorities Students’ Union, Karbi Students’ Union, All Rabha Students’ Union, AIUDF, NCP, Trinamool Congress, CPI-ML, Samajwadi Party and about 50 leading individuals.
A three-member presidium, comprising Prof Udayaditya Bharali, Advocate Santanu Barthakur and Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, conducted the proceedings of the convention. KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi explained the purpose of the convention.