NES takes steps to restore RGU’s encroached land

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) led by its president Bengia Tolum, VP (East) Tarh Tabin and GS Heri Maring called on RGU VC Prof. Saket Kushwaha on Tuesday last for restoration of RGU’s encroached land.

The NES move was a follow-up of plea of Governor Brig. (Retd) B.D. Mishra (Rtd.) who during interaction with an Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Forum (AITF) delegation at Raj Bhawan here recently had raised serious concern over land encroachment of about 66.14 acres of the RGU and urged the Nyishi Elite Society for intervention to hammer out an amicable and lasting solution to recover land from the encroachers, NES president Bengia Tolum said in a release.

The GoAP record revealed that 306.60 acres land were allotted to the RGU as shown in a map. The process for acquisition of land could be traced back to 1985 under the personal initiative of then local MLA  Techi Takar as  deputy animal husbandry & veterinary minister, earmarking 302 acres of land donated by natives of  Emchi, Doimukh, Rono, Leka and surrounding areas for Arunachal University.

During the initial discussion, it was prima-facie found that the functioning of university authorities in the past, especially, the VC, registrar, engineering wing and estate pfficer were ineffective that led to encroachment and visibly appears to be the creation of its own authorities and employees. The team observed as to how the authorities, particularly then registrar, were silent and why the matter was not brought to the notice of administration to stop such encroachment. Thus, the involvement of the registrar in the process cannot be ruled out.  The NES team lauded prompt initiative of the present VC.

The said allotment order of 17.08.10 along with the map was never disclosed to new VC by the authority concerned and the original allotment order with map of 306 acres was produced only when the NES team brought out a copy in the meeting. The reason behind hiding the vital documents needs retrospection. Out of the encroached land, some portion of the land was meticulously curved out from original map of 1985 in  revised 2010 map showing it as private land. This could be possible only if there is connivance of the university employees and the employees of land records department of the district administration, the members observed.

The members were of the opinion that though the community has donated the land, it is not only a state property, but a national property and so cannot allow it to happen in the highest temple of learning and urged the VC to institute an independent inquiry committee to go in-depth into the whole gamut. In case any insiders or outsiders found involved in the encroachment, appropriate action should be taken against them by the RGU and the NES vowed to lend logistic support in this tirade. However, the team urged the encroachers to voluntarily surrender the encroached land by themselves for greater interest of state before any social or administrative action. The team unanimously urged the DA to evict the wine shops and bars along the university road right from Doimukh-Emchi-University tri-junction. Similar action should also be initiated for such unholy commercial activities in other educational institutions, the meeting observed.

While welcoming NES team earlier, the VC disclosed that he was not made aware of the land encroachment when he joined, but later came to know through the media. Thereafter, he took immediate cognizance and apprised the governor. He thanked the NES team for its attempts to solve the imbroglio peacefully and permanently.

However, at the directive of the governor, Papum Pare DC has submitted on encroachment dated November 5 in which few RGU employees and few private individuals are named.  The DC has urged RGU authorities to initiate inquiry and fix responsibility on its officers and employees for negligence and dereliction of duty, ordered Doimukh SDO to evict illegal encroachers as per provisions of Arunachal Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction Act of Un-authorize occupants) Acts of 2003 within a month.

Later, the Vice-Chancellor took The NES team escorted by the VC inspected newly built academic buildings and was aghast to find multiple major cracks and seepage. The VC expressed his utter displeasure over the quality of works and directed RGU EE to take immediate steps to avoid any untoward incident as there cannot be any compromise on quality of work.

The NES team meanwhile has entrusted its Papum pare district unit to start dialogue with the encroachers and coordinate with RGU authorities and DA for immediate restoration of the RGU land from the encroachers.

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