Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reaffirmed State Government’s commitment to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the State and their rights over land. He made this assertion in a public programme held at Kamalabari in Majuli for distribution of land pattas to local landless people of the district on Monday.
While taking part in the programme, the Chief Minister inaugurated handing over land pattas to 236 local landless families of the district.
He also launched construction works of 20 roads and 11 bridges in the district with financial outlay of Rs. 168 crore. Coinciding the occasion, he also distributed financial grants for academic and medical purpose to 621 students and 11 patients under SUHRID Scheme. Moreover, distribution of financial aid to 211 cultural organizations of Majuli to the tune of Rs. 2.95 crore under Untied Fund was also launched on Monday.
The Chief Minister handed over cheques of first installment amounting to Rs. 70,000 each to ten such organizations.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “The people of the state entrusted us with the responsibility to secure interests of the local people and their rights over land. We will fulfil their expectations and ensure that no local landless family is deprived of their land rights. Already directions have been issued to the Revenue Department and district administrations to take necessary measures in this regard.”
Stating that large numbers of farmers and poor families of the state face difficulties in obtaining bank loans and availing benefits of government schemes due to non-availability of land pattas, Sonowal said that the State Government in a bid to address those challenges has decided to provide land pattas to the local landless families.
He also assured that the process which was launched throughout the State on Sunday would continue and all local landless families would get land pattas in phase manner.
The Chief Minister extolling the ideals of Dr Bhupen Hazarika in his speech urged the people to promote unity and brotherhood and reinforce age-old harmony in the State.
He further made a call to the youth take a lead in fostering goodwill and positivity in society and advised them to make appropriate use of social media to extend and uphold the message of peace and harmony.
The Chief Minister also informed that land survey of twenty village panchayats of Majuli has already been directed. He also announced that cultural organizations which have received Govt. grant under Untied Fund would also be provided with funds for procuring musical instruments.