Ensure integrated management of Teesta, all rivers: IFC New York

Ensure integrated management of Teesta, all rivers: IFC New York

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The International Farakka Committee (IFC), New York at a discussion meeting commemorated the Farakka Long March of 16 May 1976 and urged the government of Bangladesh to take initiatives for integrated management of all common rivers including the Teesta.
The discussion meeting held at Jackson Heights with IFC chairman Atiqur Rahman Salu in the chair expressed grave concern at the move to construct 16 more barrages on the Ganges and called for stopping the project as well as the Tipaimukh Dam plan in the dangerous earthquake zone for sustainable management of these rivers by being imbued with the spirit of the Saarc.The meeting in a resolution welcomed the passage of constitution amendment bill in the Indian Parliament to ratify the Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement. The border agreement has thus come to a successful conclusion even though after 41 years of it’s signing. Bangladesh ratified the agreement soon after its signing through an amendment of the Constitution for which the government was given profuse thanks.
The meeting conducted by Ataur Rahman Ata, organising secretary of IFC was addressed by leaders of the committee. IFC leaders also extended heartfelt thanks to all those who worked hard to solve the problems of the people living in the enclaves.
The meeting expressed its gratitude and thanks to Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani for uniting the entire nation in the movement for safeguarding the existence of Bangladesh by securing the water and environmental rights through the Farakka Long March. The IFC leaders urged all concerned to make efforts to ensure continued flow of all common rivers by taking inspiration from the leader of the toiling masses. Otherwise the rivers will go dry and the existence of the country will be at stake, they pointed out.
Former state minister of Bangladesh government Alamgir Kabir was the chief guest at the discussion meeting which was also addressed by MA Aziz former president of the Bangladesh Society of New York.
Journalist Mahmud Khan Taser, member of the mainstream politics Giasuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Society of New York general secretary, Abdur Rahim Hawladar, treasurer Mohammad Ali, publicity secretary Mafizul Islam Rony, social welfare secretary Kazi Tofael Ahmed Chowdhury and vice president Abu Taleb Chowdhury Chandu, president Munshiganj-Bikrampur Samity Ruhul Amin Siddique, president of the Nawabganj Society of USA Gias Uddin, representative of the Lagordia College Students Union Tuhin Ali took part in the discussion. Among others Nurul Huq and Subhas Majumder were present. – Press release

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