1.46 lakh bighas under encroachment by TEs
GUWAHATI, July 13 – Over 1.46 lakh bighas of Government land are under encroachment of 25,136 tea estates in 26 districts of the State. This was disclosed by Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman in reply to a question by Girindra Kumar Baruah (AGP) in the State assembly today.
The State has a legal provision as per its land policy to allot land to the tea estates. However, the time for completing the allotment process cannot be spelt out categorically as it is a continuous process, said the Minister.
In reply to another question by M Boro (BPF), the Minister said that as per reports received from the deputy commissioners of 21 districts, no alienation of tribal land to non-tribals has taken place. In chapter X of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation, 1886, (section 164, 165) there is provision for prevention of alienation of tribal land to non-tribals.
There is also provision for eviction of non-tribals from the tribal belts and blocks and restoration of the transferred land to the land holders. The Government has also issued instructions from time to time to free the land from tribal belts and belts from encroachments and stop illegal transfer of such land to non eligible persons, the Minister said.
Dr Barman also informed the House that as per para 16.2 of the Land Policy, 1989 , the existing concessions to the persons of the SC and ST at the rate of 25 percent of the premium for settlement of land and conversion of annual patta land into periodic ones will continue as usual.
Meanwhile, in reply to a question from Anup Phukan (AGP), the Revenue Minister said that there are 6026 posts of gaon burhas in the state and against those 322 posts are lying vacant.
Source: The Assam Tribune