The Laika and Dodhia Rehabilitation Committee (LDRC), welcomed the decision of government for deciding to give rehabilitation to around 12,000 Missing community people outside Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
“We are happy with the decision and the government will soon start the rehabilitation process. For the rehabilitation of Dodhia, the government has proposed Lakhimpur’s Adhkhona-Adielani area under Harmoti range and for the rehabilitation of Laika, the government has given land at Namphai reserve forest. Now, we are living at the camps near Namphai forest. On Monday, Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner is coming to our camp to discuss the issue,” said Apio Taid, a member of Laika and Dodhia Rehabilitation Committee.
Taid said, “The people of Dodhia do not want to go to Lakhimpur’s Adhkhona. They want a place at Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. We are hopeful that after another meeting with district administration the matter will be sought out.”
The state government will soon issue a notification for the rehabilitation of the community, which was displaced due to change in course of Brahmaputra river and since then they are living at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
The matter was taken up at a high-level meeting where issues related to Forest Rights Act, 2006 were discussed.
Recently, a meeting was held in Guwahati regarding rehabilitation of the people residing at Laika and Dodhia in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia district was discussed at length. The forest department will soon issue a notification in this rehabilitation matter.
Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Minister Ranuj Pegu, Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya and MLA Bhuban Pegu along with officers of various departments were present at the meeting.
The two villages which were located inside the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park have been the settlement areas of families who were displaced by the great earthquake of 1950.