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Itagar, February 2 : People’s Party of Aruchal (PPA) said that the suspension of coal mining at mchik mphok in Changlang district by Centre due to insurgency is a matter of grave concern which needs to be taken up by each and every citizen of the state.
“This is an issue which needs to be taken up by each and every citizen in the state cutting across party affiliations. The state, instead of fighting for ownership rights over its own resources, had to plead the Centre for mining rights!” PPA said in a release
PPA President Kahfa Beniga appealed to the intellectuals, all tiol political parties, student community and various other civil organizations to demand for giving Article 371–A status to Aruchal Pradesh which is the only pacea to make the state economically self sufficient and self reliant.
Bengia said this while reacting to Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung Mosang’s reported confession that he along with the Chief Minister bam Tuki had pleaded the Centre for lifting suspension of coal mining at mchik mphuk in Changlang district.
“Growth of insurgency in certain parts of the state is because of poor economic growth and growing regiol imbalance in the development process of the state. This can be taken care of if the state owns its own resources like land, water and forest including the underground mineral resources and the youths are made stake holders in the development of the economy. “Unless such an arrangement is constitutiolly made valid, the ‘dependency syndrome’ of this state over the Centre will linger on for generations to come,” the party president opined.
PPA sought support in its resolution to demand and fight to incorporate the state under Article 371–A of the Indian Constitution.