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NCP to press govt for reviewing MoAs
Published on 7 Jun. 2010 12:58 AM IST
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The Arunachal unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), while expressing grave concern at the ‘reckless’ and ‘secret signing of not less than 117 memorandums of agreement (MoAs) between state government and power developers, has resolved to press for a thorough review of all the agreements.
The party, in a comminique, said here today that the government had no legal or moral authority to mortgage all the major river basins to private power companies for 40 years without prior and informed consent of the people of the affected areas.
Terming the content of the MoAs as ‘’complete wholesale deal’’ between the government and the Corporate world, the party demanded for healthy discussion on the disastrous consequences such as gross imbalance in demographic structure wherein the tribals in their own homeland would be marginalised into microscopic minority, irrelevance of inner line provisions which seeks to bring development with protection, reported UNI.
The probability of entire river basin dwellers being swept into Brahmapurta river and Bay of Bengal in event of a major seismic activity of 1950s magnitude also loomed large, it claimed and called for a complete review of the state rehabilitation and resettlement policy 2008 as well as major amendment on state Hydro power Policy 2008.
According to the party, both the major policy decisions were not evolved out of healthy public debate but prepared in consultation with selfish capitalist minded power companies.
It alleged that the interested power companies were not philanthrophists and therefore, the state government had no justification to fix rate of resources owned and inherited by the tribals since time immemorial.
The party cautioned that the acquisition of land by invoking provisions of the Act of 1894 cannot be in the name of public interest and blamed that the hydro power policy had converted the state into an open but imperfect market wherein the buyers of resources were the companies and the sellers were the greedy and parochial middle man, ministers, bureaucrats and technocrats, and not the real resource owners at the grass root level.

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