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Large scale displacement in the name of so-called development

30 and 31st March 2012, Silcher

On the 30th March, the stoppage of the journey was silcher, where a meeting was organized by Rajeev Gandhi Institution. Speaking on the occasion, Hridyavandan Rai shared that most part of the silcher and karimganj districts comes under barak valley that is untrodden according to geographical point of view and deprived of fundamental facilities. He said that deforestation was being done on a large scale in Barak valley due to dam construction and other big projects. Mr. Sadique Ahamad from Barak human Rights protection committee shared that the local inhabitants were being uprooted in the name of Rubber and Tea plantation for last-some years. Moreover, Jataropa plantation is being is being presented as the alternative of afforestations that is indirectly increasing the problem of livelihood of local inhabitants. There these two projects have got the support of the state govt. that is why, Despite all effort people have not yet obtained the justice. The local journalist Mr. Dilip Kumar shared that the problems of potable water, education and health has been dreadful due to lack of fundamental facilities in the barak valley. There have been many causality during the last several years in want of appropriate and adequate medical facility. He said that the dam construction proposed in barak valley is not congenial at all with a view to environment as this region has been already earthquake affected region. It has been found out by the scientific researches that the mountain of the eastern Himalayas are comparatively new due to which the dam construction can take a serious problem. The senior most social worker Mrs. Shanti Das shared that about 5000 hectare land has been transferred in the name of tea garden in the valley region. But the emigrants labourers rights have been neglected yet, who were working in these field. Five years ago, a great region of silcher district has been preserved for carbon trading by the Assam and central government. Consequently, the rights of land of the local people living in these regions are being affected. In this way plants useful for precious wood are being planted in the name of carbon trading and as a result the society dependent on the forest is directly getting loss. Mr. Vishnu Datta said that the potable water hade not been made available till now in about 60% area of silcher district. Thus, by making small check dam instead of big dams, the arrangement of irrigation and potable water should be done. Local researcher Mr. Ganga bhushan said that thousands of tea garden worker are living in a potable condition the local organization of these labourers has appealed several times for the right of residential land, to the state government that has made no proceedings for it. Moreover, most of the laborers are given less wages that it is fixed and despite they have been working for many years, they are not recognized as the permanent labourers. Former Judicial officer Mr. Maniklal Chattarjee said that this region of the Barak Valley has always been a prey of administrative negligence. Despite being elected powerful political leaders from this area, the call of this area is not proceeding to the parliament and the government of India.

The government is not ready to review the plan, despite the powerful protests of local people against the dam project in the last years. He shared that the land reform that is proposed before the government of India must get co-operation of all classes of the society by the peaceful compaign like Jansatyagraha because the direct result of not giving the land to the villagers will come forward in the form of increasing town poverty. Mr. Gautam Jee from the Vande Mataram literany magazine family shared that Kachhar, Kraimganj, and Halikandi, Districts are the main districts in the Barak Valley. The Railway and the communication facility have not been introduced and developed in these regions till today. There is a serious problem of flood due to river Barak every year in this region. Therefore only one crop is harvested in most of the valley. Mr. S.S Paul, from that engineers Association shared that 80% of people in the barak valley, were dependent on agriculture for their livelihood for the last few years. It is estimated that 70 to 80 Lakhs of trees have been cut down due to proposed plans for the development of spate or other infrastructures. Due to this, the land-erosion has taken the form of grave situation.
The tribes living in these region could get food staff for their livelihood by the traditional Jhoom-farming but for some years past, the crop-production and livelihood both have been badly affected due to land-sliding their region has become serous challenge in the matter of land-problem where no land-problem is being solved by the administrative way. At the end of the meeting, approval for Jansatyagraha was announcement by the engineers association, On the 31st March, On Jansatyagraha samvad Yatra reached Gavahati from silcher after having the journey whole day long.