NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 30 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity today flayed the State Government for its role in the construction of the run-off-the river dam over Subansiri at Gerukamukh by National Hydro-electrical Power Corporation (NHPC) despite expert committee’s non-recommendation for the project.
Leading a huge protest rally to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, North Lakhimpur, the KMSS president Akhil Gogoi said that the MS Reddy and Sri Thatte’s report to the Govt. of India vindicated their stand against the construction of the dam over river Subansiri by NHPC. The Reddy-Thatte Report had found the construction of big dam over a terrain consisting of sand stone in an earthquake prone zone would be of great danger and that was what the KMSS had been advocating over the years, Gogoi said. He also criticized the Government’s silence over the overlooking the flood control measures in the Gerukamukh hydro-electrical power plant by NHPC, a condition for which the PSU was allowed to go for the project. He accused the State Government and the police of broking on behalf of the NHPC by preventing KMSS workers joining the protest rally at different parts of Lakhimpur district today.
The KMSS leader also raised demands for 12 bighas of land each for all landless peasants of the State and land pattas for tribal people living on river banks as many tribal people did not get any compensation from the authority in the Bogibeel Bridge construction areas. Akhil Gogoi also criticised the State Government for irregularities in the PDS goods saying that fair priced food items meant for the poor turn out to be a costly affair after so many commissions given at various political and administrative level. The KMSS also submitted a memorandum to the government on its various demands through the district administration of Lakhimpur.