GUWAHATI, Sept 13 – Members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today held a rally and took out a procession at Tezpur in support of their demand for land settlement rights to the indigenous landless people, repeal of the land swap deed signed by the Indian Government with the Government of Bangladesh and a halt to the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) construction activities.
In a statement here, the KMSS has said that at the rally held at the Joymati Field of the town, its general secretary Akhil Gogoi alleged that the Chief Minister of the State has approved a deal that has transferred a vast area of the State’s territory to Bangladesh when the indigenous people of the State have been agitating for land settlement rights.
The Chief Minister did not bother to place the matter in the State Assembly before giving his consent to the land swap pact with Bangladesh. This act of the Chief Minister is not approved by the people of the State, said Akhil Gogoi.
Further, the Chief Minister has failed to implement the legislation on the rights of the tribals and forest dwellers, the KMSS general secretary alleged. He also avowed that the KMSS would not allow the Government to succeed in its bid to curb the rights of the common people over water to benefit the multi-national companies. KMSS president Raju Bora, its working president Molan Laskar, and finance secretary Chitra Gogoi also addressed the rally.
Later the participants of the rally took out a procession from the Joymati Field to the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The organisation sent memorandums to the Chief Minister of the State and the Prime Minister of the country on the above issues.