GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced Rs 1 lakh compensation to each of the 1300 landless families of Laika-Dodhia for their rehabilitation.
Sonowal has made the announcement while attending the 38th triennial central convention of All Assam Tribal Sangh in Nelli, Morigaon.
After protesting for almost 35 days for their rehabilitation, villagers suspended their agitation on Friday following two rounds of discussion with a high power sub-committee headed by state revenue minister Jogen Mohan in Tinsukia on Thursday.
Mohan said the forest villagers of Laika had agreed to move at Paharpur and Namphai as designated by the Tinsukia district administration while the relocation of Dodhia people would take some more time as people objected to rehabilitation at Adarkhana in Lakhimpur as it was a flood-prone area.
Following the 1950 earthquake in Assam destroyed dozens of villages; affected families were relocated from Dodhia and Laika to the Dibru Saikhowa reserve forest. However, after the forest area was upgraded to a national park in 1999, the forest dwellers were asked to relocate again.
Since then, they have been promised resettlement.