Human rights group urges early creation of PAC in NE

Itanagar: A human rights group from insurgency-hit Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh has urged the state government to expedite the process for early creation of Patkai Autonomous Council (PAC) for all-round development of these backward districts bordering Myanmar.

Tirap-Changlang Human Rights Organization (TCHRO) today appealed to the elected representatives of the two districts to pursue the demand for PAC besides initiating immediate steps to bring back peace and normalcy in the districts which of late witnessed intermittent gun battles between both the factions of NSCN for area dominance.

“The decision for creation of PAC comprising both the districts has already been passed by the State Legislative Assembly long back and it was the responsibility of the leaders of the districts and the government to pursue with the Centre but very little effort was being made in this regard till now,” TCHRO president K Longphi said in a press conference here.

He said that the elected legislators of the two districts were not doing enough for the development of these backward districts.

Instead of being mute spectators they should initiate immediate steps to materialize the long pending demand of people of the areas?, he added.

Claiming that the job opportunities in various government departments for the youths of Tirap and Changlang were very limited due to the lack of development activities in the districts, Longphi urged the government to provide separate job quota to the youths.

Though these two districts are the richest in the State from where the State government draws out maximum revenue benefits, yet in terms of developmental activities both are lagging behind,? TCHRO general secretary T Aboh said.

He questioned as to why Tirap and Changlang were being neglected despite the fact that both the districts are part and parcel of the State while urging that the local leaders should not undermine the people of the area but pursue overall development of the areas with the government.

Aboh pointed out that the implementation of various centrally-sponsored schemes has been very negligible in the area as the government officials take undue advantage of the insurgency problem prevailing in the area.