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M’laya govt ready to resolve KSU grievances
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 22:
Published on 22 Oct. 2009 11:49 PM IST
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The Meghalaya government on Thursday offered an olive green to the agitating leaders of Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) for talks against their protest on leasing of 422 hectares of land to Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) in the state. “We are ready to resolve their (KSU) grievances through a dialogue,” Prestone Tynsong, a Cabinet minister in the DD Lapang ministry said. The government’s invitation assumes significance in the wake of several government offices, vehicles and even private-owned vehicles were set ablaze during the ongoing KSU-sponsored road blockade. Tynsong said the dialogue with the KSU leaders would start only after the arrival of Chief Minister DD Lapang, who is on official trip to Singapore. Welcoming the government’s offer, KSU Supremo Samuel B Jyrwa said that the students’ body would not climb down on its demand. “We will continue with the people’s movement until the government fulfils our demand,” the KSU Chief said. On August 24, the cabinet had approved to lease out 422 hectares of land for 30 years to UCIL) to undertake pre-developmental projects in proposed mining uranium areas of West Khasi Hills district. The UCIL would invest Rs 1,000 crore to undertake pre-developmental project activities to build schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. Initially, the government-owned mining company would invest Rs 209 crore for these projects.

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