Power department notification violating law, roll it back: Hemu

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Former MLA Techi Hemu urged the state Govt to recall the notification issued by state power commissioner relating to allowance of special ex- gratia relief package for RoW for 132 KV transmission line passing through reserved forest in the state.

Addressing media persons at APC here, Hemu said that the 132 KV transmission lines project would be passing through Seppa to Seijosa via Rillo by covering many hectares of land of East Kameng and Pakke-Kessang districts. It would also touch unclassified state forest and reserved forest of both districts by violating Jhum Cultivation Regulation 1947 and Forest Regulation Act 2006, he said.

Claiming that power department is trying to implement the project in above mentioned areas by adopting shortcut method despite knowing about the rights of traditional forest dwellers as per Recognition of Forest Right) Act 2006, he said.

“I am unable to understand, if the GoAP is aware of this decision which was approved during 11th state cabinet meeting that the project is to strengthen the transmission but not to curtail the human settler’s rights,” Hemu said, adding that compensation and transparency should be maintained as per Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The power department is not a nodal department to issue such notification, thus it should be rolled back soon.  ‘We welcome development in our area , especially power project, but  acquiring of land for the project by department is against the law, as per notification issued by the power department as there is no provision of compensation to actual land owner rather selecting a list of landowners to pay ex-gratia on their own will”, Hemu claimed.

Since the matter is of grave concern for the villagers, the GoAP should initiate an probe into the issues by recalling the earlier notification.

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