File photo of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal

Assam government on February 26 transferred Rs 1 lakh each to 1487 landless families of Laika Dodhia in Dibru Saikhowa National Park through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.

Following chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s announcement on January 30 during the 38th triennial conference of Asom Tribal Sangha at Nellie in Morigaon district regarding rehabilitation package, Assam government disbursed Rs 14.87 crore on February 26.

The state government has taken the initiative for rehabilitation of the residents of Laikia Dodhia. Chief minister Sonowal has already constituted a committee with forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya as its chairman as the committee has taken necessary steps for the rehabilitation.

Sonowal asked the revenue department to assess the prevailing condition of the residents of Laika Dodhia from humanitarian angle and design a rehabilitation package by encompassing drinking water, electricity, health etc. Moreover, he also instructed the department to ensure that the new land for rehabilitation is not affected either by flood or erosion.

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