APCC questions on ‘withdrawal’ of ‘Spl category’ status to State

APCC questions on ‘withdrawal’ of ‘Spl category’ status to State

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has questioned as to why Special Category State status granted to Arunachal like Nagaland and Mizoram under Article 371(H) by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi considering its sensitivity and proximity to international border that ensured 30% plan expenditure as subsidy unlike 10% to other states/UTs has been withdrawn.

This observation was made by APCC president Takam Sanjoy while addressing the press persons at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to arrive Itanagar on 15th Feb next, would certainly be announcing numerous sops the way he had announced while attending the Statehood Day celebration here in 2015, which would again amount to “empty vessel sounds much”, proved by his alleged false announcements in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh also.

He would be giving “lip service” this time too as Budget for 2018-19 has already been presented, stated Sanjoy. He said after becoming PM, Modi gave the “greatest slap” to North East India by withdrawing North East Industrial & Investment Promotion Policy offering central capital investment subsidy of 30% to investors and other subsidies, including PDS, particularly by withdrawing Special Category State status of this sensitive border state of Arunachal Pradesh, putting its development “at stake”.

Accusing the Central Govt of misusing central agencies like CBI and IT Enforcement Department even in Arunachal to reportedly harass the people, he asked the Modi Govt to stop such “unwanted harassment of straightforward and honest Arunachalis”.

Highlighting various “anti-people” polices of state’s ruling govt led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, he said that the “ambitious” CM’s Universal Insurance Scheme, launched by Congress CM Nabam Tuki had reportedly benefitted about 2,25,128 households by offering cashless treatment upto Rs 2 lakh in hospitals empanelled across the country to win national level Koch Award on 25.09.15.

But surprisingly, it was discontinued in 2017, he rued.

“The prestigious central institute, NERIST is without a permanent director since 2013 while NIT is in doldrums as release of its payments, including outstanding has been halted. Khandu Govt talks of priority to road, air and telecommunication, but construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway, a gift of UPA PM Dr Manmohan Singh, is moving at snail’s pace. Potin-Pangin stretch, surrendered by NHIDC has been delayed for long which has evoked strong criticism. No one knows the status of Itanagar Greenfield Airport as the state govt has been claiming that the land owners are unwilling to part with their land,” he claimed.

Khandu has been propagating to tap state’s huge hydropower potentials but except projects implemented by former CM, late Dorjee Khandu the power developers are seen nowhere reflecting “dismal” performance of Khandu govt, he alleged.

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