FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Dec 13: The All Kra Daadi District Students’ Union (AKDDSU) has declared a 12-hour district bandh on 20 December to protest the deprivation of the district in terms of development. The shutdown is in response to the State Government’s failure in fulfilling a charter of demands that the union had submitted to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on October 30, AKDDSU President Gora Rikam told media persons at Aruchal Press Club here. Maintaining that the State Government should first develop the underdeveloped areas before creating new districts and making public announcements, Rikam said their demands include immediate functioning of the Government Degree College and establishment of a district hospital in Palin. Other demands are ensuring at least two ambulances and a mortuary van for Tali and Palin, allocation of funds for additiol classrooms, toilets, auditorium, and boundary fencing for the Government Secondary School in Tali and the Government Higher Secondary School in Palin besides construction of a road to Tali. Alleging that the CMO officials have been making AKDDSU members ‘run from pillar to post for many days’, Rikam said that when executive members of the union approached the office, the file containing the October 30 memorandum was found dumped in a corner.
“The Chief Minister’s comment also reveals that we are being politically victimized,” Rikam said, adding that his union supports the APPDSU’s demand for deletion of mes of Chakmas and Hajongs from the electoral rolls.
The AKDDSU further said that people in the district have condemned the ‘dog’ remark allegedly made by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in the Assembly on October 14. EOM