ALL INDIA MUSLIM
50,000 Displaced Persons from Bodo Areas in 1993, Yet to be Resettled
50,000 Displaced Persons from Bodo Areas in 1993
Yet to be Resettled
President AIMMM Visits Camps in Bongoigaon on 23 May, 2005
New Delhi, 28 May, 2005:
Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim
Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
visit to Assam during 19-24 May, 2005, the President of the All India
Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) visited on 23 May, 2005 the make shift
camps occupied by the Muslim Bengalis who were displaced from their
villages during the Bodo Disturbances in 1993. Nearly 5,000 families,
totaling to about 50,000 persons of all ages, continue to live in slum
like conditions without any basic facilities in 7 or 8 camps spread along
the NH 31 in Bongoigaon and Kokrajhar districts. He also held discussion
with district administration as well as with local leaders.
These private camps are located on private land, leased by the refugees.
The State Government and the district government provide no facilities.
Emergency relief was stopped by the Government after 6 months and some
families were paid Rs. 10,000/- and asked to fend for themselves.
Because of the hostile social environment, the displaced cannot go back to
their villages which are inside Bodoland. So they cannot re-claim the land
they tilled or their homes in which they lived. The only alternative is their
permanent resettlement outside Bodoland.
The State Government has initiated a Resettlement Scheme to settle them on
government land by allotting 1.5 kathas to each family as homestead land.
This Scheme would require 1,500 bighas. Unfortunately so far only
200 bighas have been identified. Even that land is yet to be
parcelled and allotted. The Government has not even decided which families
shall get priority.
The AIMMM demands that the Resettlement Scheme be expeditiously
implemented and once sanction is accorded, its development and allotment
to displaced families should not take more than 6 months. Priority
should be given to large families and generally those displaced from the
same village should be resettled in the same place.
The AIMMM also demands that
Government should acquire at market rate the agricultural and homestead
land, the displaced left behind in their original villages, and pay the
acquisition value to the families concerned.
b) The Government should upgrade the ex-gratia payment for loss of
life and injury to the level fixed by the Delhi High Court in case of
those killed and injured in the 1984 Delhi Disturbances and extend it to
cover the cases of missing persons against an indemnity bond signed by
The AIMMM also demands that, in the meantime, the State Government
should pay the rent of the land on which the camps are located and provide
basic facilities to the residents.
a) Hand pumps to
provide drinking water.
b) Small medical unit with a nurse-cum-midwife and a
pharmacist in each camp with a weekly visit by the M.O. of the nearest
Primary Health Centre.
c) One-teacher Primary school
d) Barbed wire fencing along the NH, to prevent road
accidents involving children.
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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