ANSU against Assam being a signatory in review of mega dams in North East
The All Nyshi Students Union (ANSU) on Monday criticised union environment minister Jairam Ramesh's efforts to review mega dams in the North East by making Assam a signatory in MoUs.
Ramesh had recently taken up with prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh demanding a review of all hydro projects in the region and a moratorium on any further clearances for hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh saying that it would lead to protests in Assam.
Opposing the Centre's stand of making the Assam government a party to the MoUs for hydro-power projects to be implemented in Arunachal Pradesh, the union alleged that such a stand by Ramesh is "anti-Arunachal".
"Ramesh should have also visited other states to know the feelings and sentiments of the people, instead of considering the voice of the people of Assam," ANSU president Niglar Veo said in a statement.
The Union, however, welcomed the step to review and incorporate environmental impact policies in all NE hydro projects.
However, making other state a signatory to the MoU is a biased and unjustified decision, it said.