Mass agitation against TAH scam intensifies
By A O News Service
ZIRO, Aug 04: Agitation of the masses against the Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) has been intensifying with every passing day, justifying the adage “Smoke never emanates without fire”.
APCC president Takam Sanjoy, addressing a huge gathering of men and women, public leaders, gaon buras & buris, top APCC leaders & district leaders in Abotani Hall here on Saturday, said that Chief Minister Peam Khandu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi could commit many mistakes but the bureaucrats and courts would check them from wrong doing.
The demonitisation claimed lives of 126 people in front of the banks and various GoI schemes, particularly luring 50 crore people to open PMJDA accounts by depositing Rs 12 each, he wondered where have those huge funds accumulated by looting the innocent people in broad daylight gone?
Referring to TAH land scam, he referred to minutes of the meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna on 11.06.17, said that the records available with GoI and withdrawal of compensation from banks are conclusive evidences and those involved cannot escape. One MLA has taken Rs 3 crore through cheque with signed receipt from a DLRSO and on enquiry said that he has taken loan. If so, from where the DLRSO got that much money is the moot question.
State leaders have lost political morality or else those MLAs involved in the scam should have resigned by now and the masses instead of demanding their resignations are silent.
Attributing lack of road to defeat in 1962 Chinese war, he said that development of the road to Tawang was approved by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh of UPA Govt in national interest besides gifting Civil Secretariat, Assembly secretariat and expansion of railway line to Arunachal, he reasoned.
BJP senior leaders have been openly blaming Modi what to talk about opposition, he said and cautioned all party leaders to remains alert. The RTI Act enacted by Congress Govt helped to get the original DPR of TAH compensation from Delhi to expose the massive corruption, he said. The CM, DyCM, all MLAs, bureaucrats are involved while only three have been arrested so far.
No officers could be involved in such huge scam without involvement of higher ups. He questioned the silence of students and youth leaders when their parents are being looted but spelt out Jail bhago andolan with ‘no land, no bill & no payment’ as mantra for continuing the movement till all are arrested, he announced to the thunderous applause of the gathering.
“Aadhar card is being misused by linking with banks to know the bank balance of card holders. All these manipulative process aimed at accumulating funds for 2019 general elections. However, there are numerous jumpers from Congress to PPA and to BJP. Therefore, these turncoats should not be given party ticket.
Once upon a time this tribal state used to boast as honest and non-corrupt society which has drastically changed since Arunachal attained statehood, AIMC GS Jarjum Ete. Opinions of all victims are mind boggling; she said and exhorted all to make it a social movement without any political colour. She also advocated women to join panchayat to serve the society.
Former APCC president Padi Richo said that during a proposed meeting on the issue here July 26 last, local MLA Tage Taki walked in to oppose leading to confrontation and misunderstanding.
When Taki said that the DC and DLRSO were given responsibility to disburse compensation, Richo quipped that they have been arrested for corrupt practices in disbursing compensation for Joram-Koloriang stretch of TAH, but not for Ziro stretch whose process was still on.
Earlier, Lower Saubnsiri president Hage Nama, APCC vice president Rajen Nani added fuel to the burning mental fire by highlighting in details as to how the scam for 149.4-km stretch of TAH of the district was committed and who all were responsible.
Earlier, the victims expressing their strong resentments conveyed their sentiments without mincing any words.
“I was paid Rs 36,000 and Rs 5 lakh against calculated compensations of Rs 47 lakh and Rs 28 lkah respectively and repeated approach to DC office yielded no result,” said Nani Haniya.
Tage Tamang’s impressive presentation yielded thunderous applause: “My compensation was estimated at Rs 1.25 crore, Rs 56, 77,360 was proposed payment but so far received only Rs 14,57,000. I can’t sleep in night and that the situation of every victim who would lose their paternal properties.
“Compensation has been paid to all affected people for developing TAH along the advance landing grounds including as Pasighat, but why not at Ziro”, questioned Kime Tajo, on behalf of Apatani GB Association.
“It TAH works have been implemented effectively in others districts including at Daporijo, why not at Ziroh,” AWAZ president Hage Shalla Yassung questioned? One widow has been given Rs 2,000 as compensation reflecting injustice, she reasoned.
Mediators shockingly are bargaining with the land affected people while those opposing were paid Rs 5 lakh each to silence them, she claimed but quoted PM Narendra Modi – Mein nehi khaugan, khane nehi dunga – but what has been happening?
Tailyang Bakhang, Koj Koyang, gaon buri Koj Oche, Nani Gyati & Hage Apo were other speakers.
The minutes of the meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna on 11.06.17 and attended by MLAs Likha Saaya, Tage Taki, Tamar Murtem, chief secretary Shakuntal D Gamlin, home & vigilance principal secretary Satya Gopal, PWD commissioner Marnya Ete & highway western zone CE Bora ete, land management secretary and Lower Subansiri DC Kemo Lollen.
After threadbare discussion the decisions arrived at included: 1) The house agreed to reduce the RoW to 14 metre as suggested by MLA Taki for urban centres, like Yazali twon (2-km), Yachuli town (4-km), Ziro/Hapoli (8-km), Boa Simla (1-km) and Raga (3-km); 2) The house agreed to freeze the final cost of compensation at the rate of Rs 1.26 crore per km against present projected cost of Rs 289.4 crore, including cent charges. The CE will submit the compensation estimate for an amount of not exceeding Rs 188 crore and forward the same to Union MoRTH for sanction and 3) The district administration shall maintain transparency at all the time of release of the compensation amount to the beneficiaries. Hon’ble MLAs of the respective areas shall be involved at the time of disbursement.
Yazali, in another public meeting here, Sanjoy explained the entire TAH land scam gamut and those involved in it and sought their support to expose the public loot and bring the guilty to book.
However, Yazali GB Bath Heli, victim of the scam, in agitated voice threatened to launch indefinite agitation if justice is not granted soon. The people here would not allow the movement of ministers, local MLA and officers including DC during the agitation.
One Taba Chumchi said that she said that she has a house which helps her to earn monthly rent of Rs 8000. But against demolition was given only Rs 1,000 while tears rolled down her chicks. Why such inhuman treatment, she asked in chocked voice?
Yachuli BCC president Taba Appa & and Joram Tabia, Bengia Tach, & Bat Tolu (all Yazali) and Likha Tayaw of Pania (highlighted on Joram-Koloraing road), Chukhu Mama of Pitapool also spoke vociferously against the scam and their losses till late evening.