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SULPIC wages war against NHPC

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Itanagar, May 5 (UNI) A three-phase strike called by the Subansiri Lower project Implementation Committee (SULPIC), to protest against the National Hydro Electric Power Corporation's (NHPC) failure to fulfill the six-point charter of demands, entered second day today.

The first phase of the bandh, which began yesterday, would continue till May 7, while the second phase of the bandh would start from May 30 and continue till June 14. An indefinite bandh call would be called in the third phase from June 26, informed a release here today.

SULPIC vice-chairman Nido Torh blamed the NHPC authority for non-compliance of its commitment towards the interest of the local people likely to be affected by the mega Lower Subansiri hydro electric project, despite submission of a number of memorandums to the corporation and the state government alongwith a six point demands.

State Chief Minister Gegong Apang, at a recently concluded assembly session, said the NHPC would not be allowed to work unless the interest of the local people was protected. The demands of the organisation, include immediate release of land compensation to the affected people, immediate settlement of relief and rehabilitation package formulated by NHPC, for the Lower Subansiri project, as per the guidelines directed by the National Policy on Re-settlement and Rehabilitation and the land management department for the affected families of the project on February 17, 2004 and September 2, 2005. The other demands of the SULPIC, include eighty per cent reservation of jobs for the affected people of all categories and immediate signing of MoU with the state government by the NHPC authority.

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