ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has said it will launch a chakka bandh at the state secretariat here on 27 December from 9 am to 4 pm to protest the alleged non-responsive stance of the state government towards the union’s long list of demands.
Addressing media persons at the press club here on Friday, ALSU President Romik Jogu claimed that the union has in the last 9 months submitted several representations to the chief minister and the governor, but there has been no response from the state government, which prompted the union to take the step.
Speaking about the union’s demands, which include repeal of the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2014, formulation of a Forest Act, making the state guest house functional, implementation of Lokayukta in the state, establishment of a juvenile home, and others, Jogu claimed that despite being important issues of public interest, the state government has chosen to ignore the demands.
Highlighting the negative aspect of the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Jogu said: “It is too harsh a legislation, which could be misused by the authority to suppress the fundamental rights of the citizen.”
He said that the law is contradictory to the constitution and ought to be repealed immediately.
Regarding the state guest house, Jogu said that, despite being inaugurated on 7 April, it has yet to become functional.
“There seems to be no viable reason with the state government for converting the former official residence of the chief minister to a state guest house,” he said.
He further said that the state government needs to formulate a Forest and Land Law legislation at the earliest to properly organize the state’s forest resources and solve the boundary issue “in order to ensure overall development of the people and their socioeconomic condition.”
The ALSU president also highlighted the need to implement a Lokayukta court and establishing more juvenile homes in the state.