Monday 6 October 2008
A delegation of four members of Affected Citizens of Teesta were in New Delhi for eight days from the 18th-25th of September calling upon and apprising officials from various concerned Ministries, Commissions and independent experts.
The delegation called uopon the Ministry of Environment and Forest,Forest Advisory Board, Central Electric Authority, Ministry of Power and Energy, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Planning Commission, Commission for Tribal Affairs, Commission for Minorities, Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment.
They submitted rejoinders, memorandums apart from presenting power point presentations of the hydel issue and the protest in Sikkim with focus on examples of loss and problems being faced by the commissioned and the on going projects in the state.
At the Planning Commission, the presentation was done in the presence of ten members of the Commission headed by Dr. Kirith Parekh (member hydro)and Dr. Sayeda Hameed. The meeting concluded with the decesion to have a follow up meeting towards solving of the issue,comprising of independent experts, government representatives,representatives from the protestors and Planning Commission soon.
There seemed hope and acceptance of the genuineness of the problems being projected by the central authorities.
Meanwhile the relay hungerstrike is 477 day old.
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