By Our Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR | Nov 24 | Claiming that district administration is managing Trans-Arunachal Highway compensation issue in a “hush-hush” manner, All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) and Koloriang Damin Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students Union on Thursday demanded transparency.
“Despite repeated RTI applications seeking details on compensation given to beneficiaries, the district administration has denied the information”, claimed AKKDSU president Bengia Anthony.
“The affected people are entitled to know bill amount they are receiving”, it said, and questioned: “What could be the reason for the district administration to shy away in providing information?”
It is said that The district administration has completed codal procedures and all set to disburse land compensation for 61-km stretch of Guha Tarak in Kra Daadi to Koloriang DC office in Kurung Kumey. Thus, the AKKDSU demanded not to disburse compensation till the matter was settled.
“We strongly oppose disbursement of compensation till the matter is resolved”, AKKDSU GS Phassang Raish said, adding the union aimed at ensuring transparency in dispensing preparing the compensation bills and their payment.
Alleging the authorities of preparing false and bogus bills without spot verification that without photographic , support, it demanded that the DA makes original copy of Centre-approved compensation rate public. It further alleged that the DLRSO is secretly collecting personal account numbers of land-affected people but failed to substantiate its claim with documentary evidence.
Moreover, it has served seven-day ultimatum to Kurung Kumey DC demanding re-survey of the TAH in the entire district.
Denying allegations that AKKDSU demanded cuts from the DA, they termed it as a false and baseless. However, when contacted, Kurung Kumey DC Kangki Darang denied the allegation, saying that the survey was conducted in a transparent manner involving land-affected people, GBs and PRI leaders.
“There is no question of conducting the survey confidentially. We conducted it in a very transparent manner”, the DC claimed, adding that there are many organisations pressurising the DA to release compensation amount to execute the work soon. On the RTIs, he clarified that they had provided all information sought by AKKDSU president.
Urging the DA to release land compensation soon, Sangram Phassang Students’ Union Nyapin Nyobia on Wednesday had said that the bills prepared by the DA were genuine and land-affected people had no complain.
In its representation to the DC, the AKKDSU had said the authority should expedite TAH execution in greater public interest.