ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The All Kra Daadi District Students’ Union (AKDDSU) has declared a 12-hour bandh in entire Kra Daadi district on 20 December over the state government’s failure to address its demands.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Club here on Tuesday, AKDDSU President Gora Rikam said the bandh is in response to the state government’s failure to meet the charter of demands the union had submitted to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on 30 October.
The demands of the AKDDSU include immediate functioning of the Government Degree College in Palin; establishment of a district hospital in Palin; at least two ambulances and a mortuary van for Tali and Palin; allocation of funds for additional 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.
Claiming that the district has been deprived of several developmental activities since its creation, Rikam said, “Develop the underdeveloped areas first, before creating new districts and making public announcements assuring new districts.”
Rikam said the officials of the CMO have been making AKDDSU members “run around from pillar to post for days now,” and that the members found the memorandum file dumped in a corner.
The AKDDSU meanwhile said that the district’s students and people condemn the ‘dog’ remark allegedly made by Chief Minister Pema Khandu during the Assembly session on 14 October. It demanded that the chief minister resign from his post for the remark, and for his failure to address the issues of Kra Daadi district.
“The chief minister’s comment also reveals that we are being politically victimised,” Rikam added.
He said the union also supports the APPDSU over the latter’s demand for deleting Chakma and Hajong names from the electoral rolls.