GUWAHATI, July 30 � Altogether 26 organisations, including the All Assam Students� Union (AASU), today voiced protest against construction of big dams and demanded immediately shelving of big dam construction, which according to them, is against the cause of common man.
Taking part in a protest rally at Latasil playground, representatives of various organisations from across the State unanimously slammed the government for facilitating the construction of big dams and warned it of an intensified movement if the idea is not dropped at the earliest.
�Big dams are against the people of Assam, a fact attested even by experts and at no cost will the government be allowed to play with the well being of the people,� AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said while addressing the rally.
The student body adviser also raised the issue of NRC update saying that the update process must be expedited in the interest of the indigenous people of the State.
Demanding that flood and soil erosion problems be declared as a national problem, he said that requisite measures be taken to prevent any further loss of property and human lives. Measures to protect of Majuli were also demanded.
Representatives of all the participating organisations too put their weight behind the need for updating the NRC, besides declaration of flood and erosion as a national problem.
The 25 organisations 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 Sonowal 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.
The rally was followed by a procession from Latasil playground to the Assam Engineering Institute field via Guwahati Club area. Members of AASU and other organisations shouted slogans against big dams and favouirng the need for NRC update as part of the Assam Accord implementation.
Movement of vehicular traffic had to be regulated by the district administration in view of the procession.