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KMSS to launch stir with memo to PM

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 � Voluntary organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) will post its anti-mega-dam memorandum to the Prime Minister and other Central leaders tomorrow. This will mark the beginning of a two-month-long anti-mega-dam movement of the voluntary organisation.

The KMSS memorandum will contain signatures of one lakh people. Copies of the memorandum will be sent to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh. KMSS members will take out a procession from in front of Cotton College to the Head Post Office of the city for the purpose.

It has made an appeal to the conscious people of the city to take part in the procession. However, this will be the final memorandum on the issue, said the KMSS in a statement here today.

It has said that its memorandum has included the demands for cancellation of the permission granted to all the proposed hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh, and scrapping of the Lower Subansiri Hydel Power Project. Besides, it has included the demand for an independent commission for going into the devastations caused by the Kurichu, Ranganadi, Karbi Langpi and Kopili hydel power projects.

The demand for according the recognition of cultural and environmental asset to the Brahmaputra has also been included in the memorandum.

The agitation being launched by the voluntary organisation will take a militant form if the situation so demands.

In case the ongoing construction activities of the region�s mega-dam hydel power projects are not stopped expeditiously, the farmers of the State would come out to the streets to ensure defeat of the Congress in the next Assembly elections, warned the KMSS.

AJYCP: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), on the other hand, has announced demonstration programmes on November 4 all over the State on the demand for scrapping all the under-construction and proposed mega hydroelectric power projects of the NE region and neighbouring Bhutan.

The AJYCP has also demanded a clear-cut policy on the right of the indigenous peoples on the land resources of the State.

In a statement here, the organization has stated that though there has been a strong public opinion against the mega dam projects in the State, the Government in the State has been totally ignoring it. This has made a united struggle of the people of the State against such projects a must.

Also, against the neo-colonial approach of the Union Government the people of the State should assert their right over the resources of the State. The demand for full autonomy to the State is an inalienable part of this demand, said the organization in its statement.

On these demands, the members of the organization will stage demonstrations at the district and subdivisional headquarters of the State and send memorandums to the Prime Minister of the country on the demands, said the organization.

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