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NESA asks govt to act with caution on autonomous council demands

ITANAGAR, JUL 31:

After the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union raised opposition to the demand for Mon Autonomous Region (MAR) and other such autonomous councils in the state, the Nyishi Ethnic Students of Arunachal (NESA) too reacted to the development on Friday saying such demands create divide among the people of the state.

NESA said that subsequent creation of MAR comprising the Tawang and West Kameng districts and the Patkai Autonomous Council (PAC) comprising Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts will compel the Nyishi community for similar demands.

If the autonomous councils are created, the socio-economic and overall development in the Nyishi inhabited areas will be deprived. We too want to ensure that our culture, ethnicity and other rights are being preserved , the association in its statement said.

It said that there are already departments such as the Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs and DoTCL (Department of Tirap, Longding and Changlang) in the areas demanding for an autonomous council and major chunks of the state and central development funds are also allocated to them.

The issue is misguided by the elected legislatures of Tawang and West Kameng districts and is creating a divide among the people of the state where every tribe enjoys equal status , NESA s statement read.

The Mon Autonomous Region Demand Committee (MARDC) on July 29 had organized a meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu reiterating its demand and had called for a tripartite talk to be initiated with the state and central government.

NESA said that the eastern districts especially Longding, Tirap and Changlang are declared disturbed by government of India because of the insurgency problem. However, the flow of funds has not been stopped to these districts. In fact, more funds have been given under the Department of Tirap Changlang and Longding (DoTCL), Border Area Development Plan (BADP) besides funds specific to these districts, it said.

Arunachal Pradesh being the total tribal state, any such development should be inclusive and all communities should be made part of the development process , NESA added.

Urging the state government to act with caution, the association said that the government should not allow a fault line to be drawn on the basis of region or community.

 

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