10-day ‘ultimatum’ to govt on ‘PRI issue in Vijaynagar’

10-day ‘ultimatum’ to govt on ‘PRI issue in Vijaynagar’

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Irked at the alleged failure to fulfill its demand for disallowing participation of ex-Assam Rifles and non-indigenous settlers in the Panchayati Raj Institutions in Vijaynagar circle under Changlang district, the All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Students’ Union (AAPACSU) on Friday served a 10-day “ultimatum” to the state govt for early fulfillment of its demand failing which it threatened to launch democratic movement.

In a representation to the Chief Minister, the Union reiterated that allowing temporary and ex-Assam Rifles settlers to take part in Panchayat elections  is against the very spirit and intention of the Panchayat laws, adding to the already marginalization problem faced by the Yobin tribe.

Claiming that after the creation of Vijaynagar circle in 1962, the area witnessed settlement of 200 retired army personnel and their families thereby removing the Yobin tribe from their ancestral homes, the Union strongly demanded the govt not to entertain the ex-Assam Rifles settlers in the PR system in Vijaynagar circle.

It also demanded for immediate suspension of Changlang DC, ADC Miao and circle officer of Vijaynagar for allegedly taking side of non-indigenous settlers.

Taking serious note of the “inordinate” delay in construction of Miao-Vijaynagar PMGSY road, foundation for which was reportedly laid in 2011, the Union questioned the concerned authority in this regard. It claimed that the condition of the road is still dilapidated as public have to walk four days to reach their villages.

Meanwhile echoing the sentiments, the All Yobin Students’ Union (AYSU) also served a 10-day “ultimatum” to the state govt demanding non-entertainment of ex-Assam Rifles and non-indigenous settlers in the PR system in Vijaynagar circle.

It threatened to resort to democratic movement if the govt fails to fulfill its demand within the deadline.

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