Persuade misguided youths to join mainstream: Guv to Wancho Council

ITANAGAR, 13 Jun: Governor BD Mishra advised the Wancho Council (WC) to persuade the misguided Wancho insurgent youths to return to the mainstream, and to make use of the government’s rehabilitation package for their rehabilitation.

The governor offered his advice during a meeting with members of the WC at the Raj Bhavan here on Monday. He asked them to consult their people and meet him in a month’s time “with their village leaders with coverall proposals for bringing the underground Wancho youths back to the mainstream.”

Commending the WC “for its rally against kidnapping-like activities of the insurgents,” the governor said that the people have to rise against militancy to facilitate development in their areas.

He said that the WC also has to ensure that the funds given for development are used on the ground for the intended purposes.

The governor reminded them that the Constitution of India has given separate individual identity to the Wancho community “and they should not surrender the proud Wancho identity to NSCN (IM) motivated communities.”

He called upon the community leaders to motivate the youths to “go for entrepreneurship and pursue startup schemes.”

“The Wancho youths must not sit idle indefinitely, waiting for government jobs. Instead, they should stand on their own feet through pisciculture, horticulture, loin loom, handicrafts and other self-employment avenues and work hard to become capable of providing jobs to other youths,” the governor said.

Earlier, the WC members, led by their president Sompha Wangsa, shared their problems, including security issues, with the governor. (Raj Bhavan)