Chakma society appeals for land rehabilitation

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Papum Pare Chakma Welfare Society (PPCWS) has appealed to the Papum Pare district deputy commissioner to issue notification for acquiring additional 24 hectares of land for the rehabilitation at Kokila-Chengamara area as per the earlier prepared map.
Altogether 156 Chakma families will be affected due to construction of Hollongi green field airport and the state government is rehabilitating them under “Land for Land” scheme as per the provision of LARR Act 2013.
In its representation to DC, the society informed that during the public hearing conducted on 17 September, 2014 at the Chakma Mandir area in Kokila, the district administration represented by the deputy commissioner and DLR&SO, had
assured the Chakma people that the additional land already surveyed and mapped for 24 hectares on display at the time of hearing will be notified soon, in addition to the already notified 40 hectares for rehabilitation of 156 displaced Chakmas and 30 other Chakma families to compensate for the 64 hectares of land acquired from the Chakma people inside the airport site.
“The land team headed by DLR&SO had surveyed and mapped additional area of 24 hectare (Approx) adjoining to already notified 40 hectares at Chengmara-Kokila area and a joint inspection was done and plot was physically verified. The Chakma land affected people had agreed to the site. A copy of revised RR land map was given to the Chakma Land Affected Committee with the assurance that the ‘addendum’ notification will be issued within no time by the state government against the said land,” the society said.
It, however claimed, “till today, no such notification has been issued by them or the district administration on the said surveyed and mapped plot of 24 hectare (Approx) land, which was displayed on the wall during public hearing on 17 September, 2014. This has created a lot of confusion among the Chakma people.”
“Now it has come to our knowledge that instead of issuing of addendum notification on this already surveyed, mapped and agreed area of 24 Hectares (Approx), some other plots are being put into consideration for acquisition, which we strongly oppose,” the PPCWS said, and requested the state government and district administration to issue the addendum notification at the earliest for the 24 hectares (Approx) and “abide by the R&R map displayed to the Chakma people during the public hearing.”