TMPK rejects govt offer of Laika-Dodhia villagers’ rehabilitation

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HT Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Jan 11: Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK), the most influential students’ organisation of Mising community rejected Assam government proposal for rehabilitation of Laika and Dodhia villagers in Lakhimpur and Namphai Reserve Forest.

For the rehabilitation of Dodhia, the government has proposed Lakhimpur’s Adhkhona-Adielani area under Harmoti Range and for rehabilitation of Laika, the government has given land at Namphai Reserve Forest.

TMPK rejected both the offers of the government because Adhkhona-Adielani area is a flood prone area while indigenous tribal people of Assam have been settled in Namphai.

“The people of Dodhia didn’t want to shift in Adhkhona-Adielani area of Lakhimpur because during rainy season the area comes under flood. The Laika people didn’t want to shift to Namphai area because already indigenous tribal people have been settled in the area and if they rehabilitate to the place then clashes may be occur between the communities,” said Ajay Doley, assistant secretary, TMPK, Tinsukia district.

“We have rejected both the offer and asked the government to provide land in Oguri, Mamorani, Tinkupani and Pharpur area for the rehabilitation of the people of Laika-Dodhia villages,” Doley said.

On December 30, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal constituted a committee to final a logical and everlasting solution for the rehabilitation of the households of Laika and Dodhia villages. The chief minister asked environment and forest and revenue department to permanently rehabilitate the families by January 31.

For last 21 days, the people of Laika and Dodhia villages have been protesting at Lezaihola Borguri near Tinsukia deputy commissioner’s office.

“We demand that the rehabilitation process should start from January 20 and if the government failed to relocate the people then the male protesters of both the villages will go to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and construct houses inside the park and also start cultivation there,” Doley said.

The two villages which are located inside the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park have been the settlement of families who were displaced by the great earthquake of 1950.

The villagers who belong to the indigenous Mising community, mostly displaced people from Dhemaji and Dibrugarh districts have been residing in the two forest villages for last 70 years

However since India’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 prohibits any kind of human settlement within a national park, no developmental works has been carried out in the two villages.

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