GUWAHATI, Jan 24 � A state-level convention will be organised in the city on the demand for abandoning all the mega dam projects in the NE region and neighbouring Bhutan with a two-day programme on February 25 and 26. This decision was taken at a meeting of the several national and ethnic organisations, political parties and intellectuals held at the Bishnu-Nirmala Auditorium here today. The meeting was convened by the Brihat Nadibandh Birodhi Nagarik Samiti and it was conducted by journalist Ajit Kumar Bhuyan.
The meeting declared the February next as the month for mobilizing public opinion against mega dam projects by holding meetings in different parts of the State during the month. The meeting also extended full support to the observations made by the experts of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and IIT, Guwahati on the mega dam projects.
The preparatory committee formed for the February convention will include representatives of all the organisations and political parties.
The meeting was attended by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Chandra Mohan Patowary, BJP state spokesman Santanu Bharali, AIUDF�s Aminul Islam, CPI-ML�s Pankaj Das, People�s Forum for Democracy�s Dr Dilip Bora, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti�s (KMSS�)Akhil Gogoi, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad�s Rana Pratap Barua, AAMSU�s Abdur Rahim Ahmed, Sadou Asam Moran Chatra Santha�s Nava Moran, Karbi Students� Association�s Moniram Tokbi, Sadou Tiwa Chatra Santha�s Cheniram Malang, Sadou Tai-Ahom Chatra Santha�s Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, Mass� Bubumoni Goswami, among others.
Meanwhile, KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi has made an appeal to the State Government to not to compromise on the issues concerning the State�s interest in relation to the mega-dam hydel projects coming up in the NE region.
The issues raised by the experts of the State on the mega-dam projects should not be ignored by the State Government as well as the intellectuals of the State. It is the duty of the State Government to complete the process of a thorough study on the mega-dam projects before approving them.