FSD appeals to Arunachal Pradesh

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Itanagar, Jul 7: The Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) has appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh government to review all the memorandum of understandings (MOUs) and memorandum of agreements (MOAs) signed with various power developers for construction of 168 small and big dams in the state.

"All those MoAs and MoUs with the powerful corporate by the previous governments without the knowledge and consent of the indigenous tribal people of the state who have been the real owners of the land, river and forests," the forum said in a statement today while demanding their immediate review in the larger interest of indigenous people of the state.

While expressing its strong resentment over the meagre compensation paid to the affected people, the forum demanded for reviewing the rates for the compensation of land to be acquired for the purpose and get the consent of the Gram Sabha for the implementation of the projects.

While welcoming the historic judgement of the Supreme Court in the Greater Noida Authority case, the forum said that it is the victory of all the people fighting for their land rights against the mighty corporate and corrupt politicians dealing the state of affairs in depriving the rights of the indigenous land owners, for the interest and profit of the corporate only.

PTI

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