AAPSU declares 60-hr state-wide bandh,

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today announced its decision to go ahead with its third phase of agitation in the form of 60-hour state-wide bandh from 12th August 5 am to 14th August 5pm. This decision of the Apex students’ body came after consultation with its federal units in a general meeting held here on Friday and the bandh schedule was fixed considering the admission session of the students in various colleges and the university across the state and country.  

However, the apex students’ union made it clear that they are ready to roll back from its harsh decision if the government calls them on negotiation table to resolve the issue. Thus the union left the door open for talk with the Govt on its charter of demands.

Addressing the media persons at Press Club today, AAPSU President Kamta Lapung informed that the union would not compromise with the demands and Govt should redresses their grievances. Lapung further said that proposal for talks should come from Chief Minister himself.

Questioning the home minister’s way of functioning and dealing with the students organizations, AAPSU president said, the home minister should not be so arrogant and rigid, rather he should be flexible to deal with the public.

The union further alleged the government of misusing the paramilitary forces, which are supposed to tackle insurgency and other  law  and security problems in the state, against the innocent students.  It also condemned the Upper Siang district deputy commissioner for allegedly slapping its activists during the recently held bandh. An FIR against the misconduct of DC  was lodged, however the police has not entertained the complaint yet, it said.

AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi, who was present in the press meet informed that the Apex student body would seek public opinion before going ahead with its proposed 3rd phase bandh call. AAPSU GS disclosed that if the public disapprove the idea of going ahead with 60 hrs state-wide bandh, the union would respect the public’s view and instantly call off it.

“If people say no to bandh call and reject our demands, we will accept their verdicts as the Union stands for the wellbeing of the people,” AAPSU GS said.

Nasi further said that three teams of AAPSU headed by its president, general secretary and convenor would be traveling across the state starting from July 25, to conduct public meetings at each district headquarter in order to seek their opinion.

“We agree that it is  government’s prerogative to appoint chairmen and vice chairmen, but at the same time it costs public money and we have every right to question the way the Govt is dealing with the matter,” said Nasi.

The union questioned why the government is going with appointments in unnecessary posts putting extra financial burden on the state exchequers, while, on the other hand,  it fails to release students’ stipends and provide better infrastructures in the schools.

AAPSU further informed that they are filing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on appointment of parliamentary secretaries.

On the current college admission crisis, it strongly condemned the government particularly directorate, higher and technical education for fixing 50 percent cut off mark as eligible criteria for admission in Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar saying that  it is the responsibility of the Govt to accommodate every student.

“The authority failed to provide basic infrastructures and teaching staffs in various colleges in district headquarter, so it is obvious students would throng in the capital in search of better education,” it stated.  The Govt can not deprive the students from taking admission on the ground of catchment and non-catchment area, the union added.


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