Assam Current affairs : In today’s daily current affairs season we will discuss about the topic “Assam Launches Drive To Clear Encroachments On Lands Belonging To Hindu Religious Institutions.”
• Assam has launched an intensive drive to remove encroachments, mostly by Bangladesh-origin Muslims, from lands belonging to Hindu religious institutions like mandirs and xatras.
• On Sunday (6 June), state authorities freed 120 bighas of land belonging to an ancient Shiv mandir at Dhalpur village near Sipajhar in Darrang district that had been encroached on by Bangladesh-origin Muslims.
• The state government had, in the past, too, removed hundreds of encroachers from government lands, including reserve forests.
What is the issue ?
Tens of thousands of acres of land belonging to Hindu religious institutions, the state and central government, tea estates and others have been illegally and even forcibly occupied during successive Congress regimes in the state by mostly Bangladesh-origin Muslims.
Govt plan :
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had promised during the campaign for the assembly elections to remove all encroachments on lands belonging to religious institutions and the government. According to state government sources, about 180 bighas of land belonging to the Shiv mandir at Sipajhar had been illegally occupied by Bangladesh-origin Muslims.