Manmohan Singh convenes meet on NE dams

Written by: Nitsi
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Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Oct 9: Following the heat generated over the mega dam issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, Oct 8 convened a meeting of all ministries concerned on Oct, 13 to ascertain the status of the hydroelectric projects in the North-east.

The proposed meeting has evoked much interest because of a letter written by Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest, Jairam Ramesh to the Prime Minister, endorsing the stand taken by those agitating against the 'mega dam" in Arunachal Pradesh.

He reported to the Prime Minister saying, "feeling in vocal sections of Assam"s society particularly appears to be that 'mainland India" is exploiting the North-east hydel resources for its benefits."

He has also called for a “moratorium on any further clearances for hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh since these are bound to the subject of agitation in Assam, besides review of all sanctioned projecis in Arunachal

Meanwhile, he praised the Prime Minister for accepting positively to set up 135 dams across Arunchal without carrying out further studies.

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