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Attempt to divide Arunachal, says AdiSU on autonomous council demand

Maksam Tayeng


While terming the demand of Mon Autonomous Council as an act of dividing Arunachal Pradesh, the Adi students Union (AdiSU) has expressed their serious concern over the recent memorandum submitted to state Chief Minister by the people of Tawang and West Kameng for creation of Autonomous District Council status for both the district and has vehemently condemned the memorandum.

The AdiSU also termed the resolution passed in the state assembly over this demand way back in 2004 as one of the 'Historical Blunder' by political representatives. It is high time that the state government recalls the bill from the assembly and corrects the wrong done in the past for greater good of Arunachal community.

Though the Sixth Schedule of the Indian constitution provides constitutional arrangements for administration of tribal areas through Autonomous District Councils, implementing it in Arunachal Pradesh will create floodgate for more such blunders thereby putting the harmony amongst Arunachal community at stake, stated AdiSU in a release.

The socio-cultural dynamics in Arunachal is totally different from rest of other Indian states. If the demand of the autonomous council is at all on the ground of lesser development then the whole of Arunachal Pradesh is void of proper developments. We are still evolving and whole of Arunachal needs special care by both state and central government. There are districts where road communications and connectivity are still a distant dream and need special care from the state government , said AdiSU.

Arunachal Pradesh being a tribal state has been already facilitated with various constitutional safeguard which keep our traditions and cultures intake. The AdiSU also found that the minute stated by the committee which includes legislators of Arunachal State Legislative too made at Sl. No. 10 which stated that they will not participate in the upcoming Panchayat election has raised serious doubts on the nature of the demand.

AdiSU has also questioned Chief Minister Pema Khandu that when there is discriminatory demand from his home district, then isn t his very idea of PAN Arunachal is in serious question?. The flagship campaign for HAMARA ARUNACHAL ABHIYAN under Khandu s leadership is also a misplaced priority and contradictory to the programmes he has been advocating, resented AdiSU.

The Union also made this open remark that, if such demands are being orchestrated by the Chief Minister himself then this shows high handedness of political position and power and it is very condemnable in nature. And if it is based on ethnicity then all the tribe in the state are ethnic in nature and if the government plans to go ahead with the demands then AdiSU strongly demand East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang, Shi-Yomi, some part of Lower Dibang Valley and Namsai districts must also be accorded as Siang Autonomous District Council (SADC) within the same arrangements of Pema Khandu government, added AdiSU while ardently appealing the state government not to divide the state based on ethnicity, religion, linguist, etc.


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