ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Responding to the recent clarifications given by Maya Dolo over the Land Procession Certificate (LPC) of a controversial plot of land given on lease to Patanjali Pvt Limited for proposed establishment of a mega herbal garden at Seijosa, the 12th Pakke Kessang Jan Seva Sangharsh Samity (12th PKJSSS) alleged that the LPC allotted to Maya by the District Administration is illegal and contradicts a High Court order of April 7, 2017.
In a press communiqué, the 12th PKJSSS alleged that the LPC allotted to Maya is illegal and contradicts the High Court order, which directs cancelling all the LPCs issued against the said land which falls under the Papum Pare Reserved Forest.
Refuting all the claims made by Maya, including the claim that the said plot does not fall under Range Forest Area, Legal Advisor of 12th PKJSSS, Raju Camder Tok said that in 2007 and 2008, the District Administration of Seppa randomly issued LPCs to a few chosen families without the knowledge of the locals and without obtaining any NOC from locals, besides not obtaining NOC from the Forest Department.
“A total of 218 persons were given LPC by the then DC of Seppa without obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Khellong Forest Division, whose entire area falls under the Papum Pare Reserved Forest Area”, informed Tok, adding that after locals started opposing the illegal move, the matter was drawn to the courts, wherein the Guwahati High Court in an order vide WP No.(AP)/2009 in 2010 last directed to cancel all the LPCs issued within 30 days, which has reportedly not been done till date.
Tok also alleged that the situation came to light recently when an Assam based newspaper carried a news item that about 21,000 hectares of land from Seijosa and Nomora area has been leased out to Patanjali Ayurved Limited for establishment of an herbal garden, and subsequently, within no time people were engaged to clear the forest at Goloso and Jolly areas; putting the local inhabitants into confusion.
Presenting an RTI copy of list of names of those who were given LPCs by Seppa DC, Tok disclosed that the list contained names of few persons, which were either fake or never existed in the area.