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Sonowal leads his govt in distributing land pattas to people
Staff Correspondent

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during a programme where land pattas and allotment certificates were presented to landless indigenous families, in Majuli on Monday. – UB Photos
 JORHAT, Oct 5 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday led his government in starting the second phase of distribution of land pattas and land allotment certificates to indigenous landless people of the State when he allotted land pattas to over three thousand people at a function held at Majuli College playground in Majuli district. With this allotment which the State government carried out throughout Assam, over one lakh indigenous people will get their rights on their lands.

 The chief minister on the occasion announced that his government would relentlessly pursue to fulfil all the demands of Assam Accord, a Majuli district administration official informed. Sonowal termed the development as the Red Letter day for the people of Assam as their rights on land got manifested with the government fulfilling their demands by giving them land pattas, the official stated. The chief minister also attributed it to the fulfilment of one of the demands of Assam Agitation and observed that further steps would safeguard ‘jati, mati and bheti’ of the indigenous people.

Stating that existence of people has no meaning unless they have rights on their land, Sonowal said immediately after coming to power in 2016 his government decided to provide land pattas to landless indigenous people of the State, the official said.

Chief Minister Sonowal further said that his government is also committed to fulfil Clause VI of the Assam Accord and publication of a flawless NRC in the State, the official informed.

Sonowal said that after coming to power, he himself went to see the progress of fencing works along Indo-Bangla border and with the help of the Central government concrete and pragmatic steps were taken to seal the border. He further said that as a mark of tribute to the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs of the Assam Agitation, the family members of the martyrs of the agitation were provided financial assistance to the tune of Rs 5 lakh each and those who sustained injuries were given Re 2 lakh each, the official stated.

Sonowal said that his government took steps to make the sattra lands free from encroachment. Moreover, giving a snapshot of the commitments of his government, Sonowal said that corpus funds to 33 sahitya sabhas were announced besides providing financial assistance to sattras and namghars to help them to continue their works to enrich the socio-cultural life of the people of Assam.

It may be noted that in Majuli, altogether, 8,489 land pattas were given to indigenous landless families by the present State government. Sonowal also announced that in the coming two months another five thousand beneficiaries will be given land pattas.

Satradhikar of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra Janardan Devagoswami, Chief Executive Member of Deuri Autonomous Council Madhav Deuri were among those who attended the function, the official said.

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