Itanagar: People living in disputed areas
along the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border have been caught in a catch 22 situation, often becoming the targets of threats and
harassment from anti-social elements of both the states.
Government employees, particularly teachers, posted in
these areas are the worst affected.
Teachers, working in the Government Middle School at
New Serene under Nari-Koyu constituency in East Siang district
of Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed area, claim they are neither
provided with any facility by Arunachal government nor given
protection from harassment by people from across the border.
"We get threats and are told to close the school and
vacate the area on one hand and on the other, the government
wants us to stay put and run the school," said the school`s
headmaster, Bomgi Doke.
Threats and verbal abuses are common for them, but
still they are not leaving the school only out of love for the
students whose future will otherwise be doomed, Doke says.
"Poor students of adjoining villages depend on this school for a better future. As teachers we can`t forsake them," Doke`s colleagues said.
On February 12, this year, some persons burnt down the
teachers` barrack of the school and ever since the teachers
are putting up in a makeshift accommodation, they said.
Home Minister Tako Dabi, who represents Nari-Koyu
constituency, said the state government was trying its best to
provide facilities to the school to instill confidence among
teachers and students.
"We are in constant touch with the Assam government
for bringing a permanent solution to the decades-old boundary
problem and hope with Congress governments in both states as
well as in the Centre, soon the problem would be resolved."