Friday, September 25, 2009

Sikkim Government Seeks to placate ACT to call off stir

Gangtok, Sept 25 : Apparently embarassed by the apolitical ngo Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT)'s tirade against proposed hydel projects at Dzongu in North Sikkim, the government may seek to prevail on it to call off its stir in the interest of the economic development in Sikkim.

The Chamling government has taken note of the observations of a white paper on the hydro power projects which had taken a dim view of the its initiative to handle the agitation, official sources told PTI.

The state government may invite the ACT leadership for discussion shortly to address their grievances to persuade it to call off its 28-month old agitation, they said. An ACT leader confirmed that the state government has contacted them for talks on the issues raised by them, but they were yet to receive an official invitation.
The state government has to come out with concrete proposals how it proposed to deal with the ACT's core demand of scrapping of half a dozen proposed hydel projects in Dzongu in North Sikkim inhabited for centuries by the primitive Lepcha tribals, who revere the mountains as their gods, he said.

The ACT had launched the agitation against the hydel projects in Sikkim on June 20, 2007 to highlight the plight of Lepchas and the damage to the ecology and environment the 28 projects could cause.

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