The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti,headed by RTI activist Akhil Gogoi,on Thursday asked the Assam government to cancel allotment of large plots of agricultural land to industrial houses,reportedly at throwaway prices,and demanded an inquiry into an alleged scandal of such companies selling the land at high rates.
Addressing a rally here,Gogoi alleged that three business houses had acquired hundreds of bighas of agricultural land at throwaway prices and subsequently made huge profits by selling those at high rates. One company that had acquired 280 bighas at Rs 15,000 per bigha from the government later sold it off at Rs 3.75 lakh per bigha. This is a scam,it needs to be probed and the guilty punished, he said.
Pointing out that Assam had one of the highest percentage of landless and small land-holding farmers,the KMSS also demanded allotment of minimum 12 bighas of farmland to each landless farmers family.
It is ridiculous that the government has been giving away land to business houses at very low premiums when thousands of families have been rendered landless due to various natural calamities. Thousands of families belonging to the ethnic communities have been living on embankments after their land was eroded by the Brahmaputra in the past 50 years, Gogoi rued.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had in June 2011 announced that his government would consider on top priority basis the task of providing land to landless families by 2016,with the primary focus on those affected by floods,erosion and riots.