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AASU, allies unhappy over meet minutes

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GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and its 26 ally ethnic organisations today described the minutes of the December 11, 2014 New Delhi meeting on the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHEP) as incomplete. They demanded inclusion of some important issues in the minutes and deletion of some irrelevant matter from it, said an AASU statement here.

The AASU said in its statement that a formal letter has been sent to the Union Power Ministry in this respect.

The student body said along with its ally organisations, it took up the concerns and aspirations of the people of the State and also the scientific opinions on the matters related to the LSHEP at the Minister-level discussion held on December 11, 2014.

In the discussion, a decision was adopted to constitute an eight-member expert committee. That committee should be named as the Project Review Committee. This committee has been asked to examine the safety of the LSHEP and its downstream impact on the basis of the reports of the Assam experts and the Thatte-Reddy Committee. The expert committee will be able to consult international experts.

At the discussion presided over by Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, it was decided that at a meeting, similar to the December 11, 2014 meeting, the recommendations of the experts/ differences in opinion, etc., would be placed before AASU and its 26 ally organisations and other organisations which are agitating on the LSHEP issue. Without this step, the participants of the discussion decided that the implementation of the LSHEP would not be resumed. But, in the minutes this part has remained incomplete. This part should be totally included, said the organisations.

The Power Ministry agreed to consider the entire area between the Gerukamukh project site and the Lohitmukh confluence point of the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra as the 'project influenced' area. This part has also been dropped from the minutes. The minutes should include this part too, the organisations said.

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AASU, allies unhappy over meet minutes

GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and its 26 ally ethnic organisations today described the minutes of the December 11, 2014 New Delhi meeting on the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHEP) as incomplete. They demanded inclusion of some important issues in the minutes and deletion of some irrelevant matter from it, said an AASU statement here.

The AASU said in its statement that a formal letter has been sent to the Union Power Ministry in this respect.

The student body said along with its ally organisations, it took up the concerns and aspirations of the people of the State and also the scientific opinions on the matters related to the LSHEP at the Minister-level discussion held on December 11, 2014.

In the discussion, a decision was adopted to constitute an eight-member expert committee. That committee should be named as the Project Review Committee. This committee has been asked to examine the safety of the LSHEP and its downstream impact on the basis of the reports of the Assam experts and the Thatte-Reddy Committee. The expert committee will be able to consult international experts.

At the discussion presided over by Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, it was decided that at a meeting, similar to the December 11, 2014 meeting, the recommendations of the experts/ differences in opinion, etc., would be placed before AASU and its 26 ally organisations and other organisations which are agitating on the LSHEP issue. Without this step, the participants of the discussion decided that the implementation of the LSHEP would not be resumed. But, in the minutes this part has remained incomplete. This part should be totally included, said the organisations.

The Power Ministry agreed to consider the entire area between the Gerukamukh project site and the Lohitmukh confluence point of the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra as the 'project influenced' area. This part has also been dropped from the minutes. The minutes should include this part too, the organisations said.