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    BREAKING: High-Level Committee formed for rehabilitation of Laika-Dodhia families in Assam

    The rehabilitation of the villages remained a vexed issue since 1999 after Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary was upgraded to a national park

    GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday has set up a high-level committee to immediately resolve the pending rehabilitation of the hundreds of families of Laika-Dodhia.

    Over 1000 families from the two forest village areas have been camping at Borguri near in Tinsukia district since December 21 and pressing for immediate settlement.

    The chief minister’s office on Wednesday took to Twitter and wrote: “To find out logical & permanent solution for rehabilitation of the families of Laika-Dodhia, the CM has constituted a high-level committee comprising of Ministers, MPs, MLAs and other senior officials.”

    The post added that the chief minister has also ordered to complete the process by January 31, 2021.

    The villagers have been demanding their immediate rehabilitation in the proposed 470 ha land forest land of Owguri area of Upper Dihing reserve forest division.

    The rehabilitation of the two forest villages remained a vexed issue since 1999 after Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary was upgraded to a national park, thereby depriving them of their basic right.

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