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Assam Accord: AASU demands scientific study on the impact of big dams

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As per reports, a team of AASU consisting of 41 members, on Tuesday, met the chief minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma to discuss the speedy implementation of the Assam Accord and resolve the other social issues of Assam. As per the sources, the CM sent an invitation to the student group.

AASU towards a permanent solution

The AASU wanted a permanent solution for the problem of the indigenous people so, they discussed it in a cordial manner, said Bhattacharya, the AASU Chief Adviser.

A committee consisting of 8 members can provide the state government with steps for the proper implementation of the Assam Accord by preparing a road map. And five members will be from the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) with 3 cabinet ministers in the committee.

Statements given by Samujjal Bhattacharjee

Samujjal Bhattacharjee, the chief advisor of AASU who was present in the meeting said, “The committee will prepare the roadmap within three months and suggest ways for speedy and time-bound implementation of the Assam Accord.”

He said that the body has restated its demand to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from the state. “We have put our views before the CM and he has also put his views in CAA’s support. We want to achieve the desired result from this discussion and hope that the committee will throw light on it,” added the student leader.

Besides all, AASU has also demanded a scientific study regarding the impact of big dams on downstream people of Assam. They also opposed the construction of such huge dams in regions like that which is threatening the environment.

Statement by the AASU delegation

“From sealing the Assam-Bangladesh porous borders to implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord to provide constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people of the state, all were discussed. This was the second time since 2005 that a CM of the state has invited AASU for a discussion voluntarily,” said the AASU delegation.

Railway station should be named after Bhupen Hazarika

Besides several other demands, AASU has also demanded the chief minister to rename the Guwahati railway station after Bhupen Hazarika, the legendary musician from the state. 

After the meeting, Minister Atul Bora said both sides decided to form a committee to implement the program.

Meeting held in a cordial atmosphere

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“The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. It was decided that a committee will be formed to prepare a roadmap. The CM will give names of our ministers and the AASU will give their names,” Bora told reporters here.

AASU Chief Adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya also stated that the committee will include three state ministers and five members of AASU.

“This committee will consider all the clauses of the Assam Accord and how those can be implemented. It will prepare a roadmap within the next three months,” he added.

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