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GUWAHATI, July 29 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) together with 25 ethnic organisations will take out a protest procession in the city tomorrow in support of their demands for abandoning all mega-dam projects in the Himalayan foothill areas, recognition to the flood and erosion problems of the State as the national ones, protection of Majuli and updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) according to the Assam Accord.

In a joint statement here, the AASU and the 25 organisations have said that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) authorities have been carrying on construction of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) ignoring all the legal provisions and the public opinion.

The State Government is patronizing the NHPC in this act and it is trying to lend support to the NHPC in transporting the turbines of the project to its Gerukamukh site by providing security cover, alleged the AASU and organisations.

They said that for the development of the State and to meet its power need, the Government should go for installing micro-hydel project instead of the mega-hydel projects which have the potential to devastate the State.

They also alleged that because of the negative attitude of the Assam Government and the Central Government, the NRC could not be updated. The decision adopted in the tripartite meeting held in presence of the Prime Minister of the country on May 5, 2005 did not succeed due to the conspiracy hatched by the State Government and the Central Government.

Then again, implementation of the decisions adopted on the issue in the tripartite meeting under the chairmanship of the Union Home Secretary was also blocked by the State Government through a conspiracy, which resulted in violent incidents on July 21, 2010 at Barpeta.

Later the State Government assured the AASU and 25 ethnic organisations to initiate the process of updating the NRC. This also failed to materialize, alleged the AASU and the 25 organisations, which include Mising Mimak Kebang, All Tai Ahom Students� Union, All Chutiya Students� Union, Karbi Students� Union, Takam Mising Porin Kebang, Tiwa Yuba-Chattra Parishad, Sadou Asam Karbi Chatra Santha, Uttar Cachar Parbatya Khilinjia Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Tribal Sangha, Asam Chah Janajati Chatra Santha, All Koch-Rajbongshi Students� Union, Sadou Tiwa Chatra Santha, Sadou Dimasa Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Sonwoal Kachari Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Sarania Kachari Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Adivasi Chatra Santha, Nikhil Rabha Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Tribal Youth League, Sadou Asam Moran Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Deuri Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Matak Yuba-Chatra Sanmiloni, Sadou Asam Madahi Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Gorkha Chatra Santha and the Karbi Students� Association, besides the AASU.

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GUWAHATI, July 29 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) together with 25 ethnic organisations will take out a protest procession in the city tomorrow in support of their demands for abandoning all mega-dam projects in the Himalayan foothill areas, recognition to the flood and erosion problems of the State as the national ones, protection of Majuli and updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) according to the Assam Accord.

In a joint statement here, the AASU and the 25 organisations have said that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) authorities have been carrying on construction of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) ignoring all the legal provisions and the public opinion.

The State Government is patronizing the NHPC in this act and it is trying to lend support to the NHPC in transporting the turbines of the project to its Gerukamukh site by providing security cover, alleged the AASU and organisations.

They said that for the development of the State and to meet its power need, the Government should go for installing micro-hydel project instead of the mega-hydel projects which have the potential to devastate the State.

They also alleged that because of the negative attitude of the Assam Government and the Central Government, the NRC could not be updated. The decision adopted in the tripartite meeting held in presence of the Prime Minister of the country on May 5, 2005 did not succeed due to the conspiracy hatched by the State Government and the Central Government.

Then again, implementation of the decisions adopted on the issue in the tripartite meeting under the chairmanship of the Union Home Secretary was also blocked by the State Government through a conspiracy, which resulted in violent incidents on July 21, 2010 at Barpeta.

Later the State Government assured the AASU and 25 ethnic organisations to initiate the process of updating the NRC. This also failed to materialize, alleged the AASU and the 25 organisations, which include Mising Mimak Kebang, All Tai Ahom Students� Union, All Chutiya Students� Union, Karbi Students� Union, Takam Mising Porin Kebang, Tiwa Yuba-Chattra Parishad, Sadou Asam Karbi Chatra Santha, Uttar Cachar Parbatya Khilinjia Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Tribal Sangha, Asam Chah Janajati Chatra Santha, All Koch-Rajbongshi Students� Union, Sadou Tiwa Chatra Santha, Sadou Dimasa Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Sonwoal Kachari Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Sarania Kachari Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Adivasi Chatra Santha, Nikhil Rabha Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Tribal Youth League, Sadou Asam Moran Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Deuri Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Matak Yuba-Chatra Sanmiloni, Sadou Asam Madahi Chatra Santha, Sadou Asam Gorkha Chatra Santha and the Karbi Students� Association, besides the AASU.

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