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    KMSS to Stage State-wide Protest Demanding to Scrap MSME Ordinance

    Guwahati: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti on Sunday said that the peasant organisation will stage a state-wide protest on Monday to reiterate its demand to scrap the MSME ordinance passed recently by the Assam Council of Ministers.  

    In a major decision to boost Aatma Nirbhar Assam, the Assam cabinet on June 29, passed the MSME Ordinance which puts an end to the process of taking multiple permissions for setting up MSMEs in the state for the next 3 years.  

    Earlier, Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stressed that the ordinance approved by the cabinet was only for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, not for Large Industries. He said the ordinance will largely help local entrepreneurs and will not be applicable for hazardous industries. However, the Minister’s clarification failed to douse the tension among the local groups and various indigenous organisations.

    KMSS joint general secretary Mukut Deka said, “The recent MSME ordinance passed by the Assam cabinet is against the interest of the indigenous farmers. It (ordinance) will pose threats to the environment besides challenging the social lives of the people of Assam.”

    Stressing that the controversial ordinance will intensify transferring of agriculture lands for non-agriculture purposes, Deka said, “Taking advantage of the ordinance, anyone will be enabled to occupy agriculture lands for non-agriculture purposes. To do so, permission needed earlier to re-classify the category of land from the competent authority will not be needed anymore. Consequently, a large areas of agriculture lands will be transferred in the name of establishing industrial units,” Deka said.

    The peasant leader alleged that the ordinance will largely fulfil the intentions of the businessmen from outside the state and the corporate giants. “We demand the state government to scrap the anti-indigenous ordinance at the earliest,” he further said.

    The protests will be staged in front of all the circle offices of the state from 9 am onwards. “We will also forward a memorandum to state’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the respective circle officers. During the protests we will ensure the maintenance of the prescribed COVID management protocols”, he added.

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