the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda said, “The PM officially launched the programme to distribute ‘patta’ to over one lakh indigenous people. The same people who have been residing without land for decades. This is the first government in Assam that took such initiative ever.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Assam on 23rd January has opened up hopes for over one lakh landless indigenous people. With the launch of the Assam government’s unique programme to provide ‘patta’ or ‘land allotment’. The event took place at Jerenga Pothar, in the district of Sivasagar. Sivasagar is a historically important place connected to the Ahom kingdom. Jerenga Pothar is also the place where the great Sati Jaimati showed her bravery and patriotism.
What did PM Modi say?
While reaching out to the indigenous people of Assam- the election-bound state amid repeated anti-CAA protests- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this land allotment guarantees them with three benefits- pride, freedom and protection.
Largest Land Allotment (Patta) in Assam
Never has Assam experienced such an extensive ‘land allotment’ programme since independence. Talking about the programme, the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda said, “The PM officially launched the programme to distribute ‘patta’ to over one lakh indigenous people. The same people who have been residing without land for decades. This is the first government in Assam that took such initiative ever.”
Illegal immigrants have been an issue in Assam for a long time now. These suspected immigrants have intruded governments lands, tribal blocks and the programme has taken up an initiative to evict them and provide legal land to the indigenous people. These people mostly fall under tribal groups, OBCs and ex-tea garden labours.
Sonowal, while mentioning the previous government, said, “The previous Congress governments have shut their eyes to the people’s pleas and land rights. Due to which, people have been living a life without equal rights and constant fear. We plan to end these issues with a noble initiative of Narendra Modi’s government.”
The BJP-led government’s initiative will fulfil the aspirations of many people, the programme safeguards ‘jati, mati, bheti’, a common phrase in Assamese which translates to community, land and roots.
According to an official, the uncontrolled migration from across the border has caused unprecedented changes to the state’s demography, especially the region of lower Assam. “The unfortunate phenomenon has increased at such a rapid pace creating a serious problem of changing the entire demographic profile in some districts of the state. Many districts of lower Assam have been enduring the negative consequences of the implosion of doubtful people, which used to be dominated by native communities”, the official said.
Over 2,28,160 lands to be allotted
With the new initiative now, the government expects to reverse the trend, which now is proving to be essential to grant land to landless indigenous families. The Assam government plans to allot a total of 2,28,160 lands in just four and a half years.
Apart from the land allotment initiative, the Assam government is taking steps to free the encroachments from the Kaziranga National parks and Vaishnavite monasteries, popularly known in Assam as ‘Xatras’. Rhino poaching, another grave issue in Assam, has come down significantly now after the initiatives.