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Picketing in Khasi hills
Correspondent Shillong, Aug 28:
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Published on 29 Aug. 2008 12:49 AM IST
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Life was paralysed in Meghalaya’s largest district of West Khasi Hills following the office picketing sponsored by 15 NGOs demanding to revoke the cabinet decision to abrogate power projects of JP Group and Athena. Official sources said 76 per cent attendance was registered in Nongstoin, the district headquarter of the district and 80 per cent in other areas of the district. However, the agitation passed off peacefully with no report of any untoward incident from any part of the district, even as the government had cautioned the agitating NGOs under the banner of Synjuk Seng Bhalang West Khasi Hills (SSBWKH) that it would act tough on them. “There were no untoward incidents during the office picketing and we are expecting a positive response from the NGOs to call off the agitation”, a senior police official said. On July 24, the Meghalaya cabinet abrogated the Memorandum of Agreements with Jaypee Group and Athena Project Private Limited following pressure from two influential NGOs – the Khasi Student’s Union and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People’s – accusing the previous government of not following the international competitive bidding. Both the private developers have assigned to develop the Kynshi Hydel Power Project (Stage I and Stage II). The 15 NGOs, however, alleged that the two NGOs were not in favour of bringing development in West Khasi Hills district. “Any project that is meant for development of West Khasi Hills is protested by these Shillong-based NGOs be it Uranium or this power project,” Marngar said. Earlier, the state government had turned down the demand of SSBWKH for retaining the MoAs on the Kynshi power projects.

 
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