ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The executive meeting of Arunachal Pradesh state National People’s Party (NPP) unit, after threadbare discussion under the chairmanship of national president-cum-Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma here on Friday by voice vote adopted three resolutions – to contest as many assembly seats possible and both Lok Sabha seats in 2019 elections without any pre-poll alliance with any political party and form manifesto drafting committee and state election committee.
While welcoming the dignitaries, president Gicho Kabak drew attention of one and all towards the gospel truth that the youths are going wayward for lack of employment opportunities and consecutive state governments irrespective of any party have hardly takne anything tangible to solve this genuine problems though the state has vast untapped natural resources, according to a NPP release.
Conveying enthusiasm of state NPP cadres, he said that they have been waiting impatiently for Sanma’s guidance to evolve strategy for 2019 General Elections simultaneously with assembly election. As NPP is a tribal centric party and has been consistently working for the greater welfare of tribal communities, the NPP needs to play a very vital role to give a new direction to all-round development of this land-locked state which has hardly any large industry,
Highlighting some of undeniable facts to serve as springboard for the party to seek votes during ensuing elections, he said that that Arunachalees are under wrong impression that they are owners of the land and natural resources. But regrettably, they are only protectors (rakhwalas) as the GoI is the owner land and its resource because the State of Arunachal Pradesh Act, 1986 was enacted under 5th Schedule of the Constitution of India. Thus, the NPP should take steps for amending the Act to bring the state at par with Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram which got statehood under 6th Schedule, which provides tribal communities considerable autonomy. The 6th Schedule would enable the state to have legitimate ownership rights over its own natural resources and make it self-sufficient without depending too much on central grants. This would help enrich state offer, end dependency on the Centre and facilitate state-specific development.
He also enlisted priority steps of the party for mobilizing state resources; taping high potential tourism sector, ensure easy issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP); phase-wise regularization of 6,000 SSA teachers; checking migration of border dwellers to urban by bringing border villages under Army cantonment to supply essential commodities for their survival without depending on outside supply and strengthening all entry check gates to ensure people with ill intention never enter the state to disturb prevailing peace.
As Arunachal, known as ‘Last Sangri-La on Earth’ and ‘Orchid Paradise’, the NPP, if comes to power, should evolve policies to make the state prosperous, he said He advised block presidents of every assembly constituency and district presidents to recommend best candidates for 2019 assembly election and exhorted all to work together for landmark victory in next elections.
Highlighting NPP’s growth, VP (HQ) Nima Sangey Saling said that district committees have been formed in 20 out of 25 districts against all odds and formed in five districts before assembly election.
Manipur DyCM Joy Kumar Singh, Meghalaya Home Minister James K Sangma encouraged party leaders to work hard, identify winnable candidates and assured full support.
Meghalaya Deputy Speaker Timothy D Shira Assembly, APNPPLP leader Tanga Byaling, NPP MLAs Tirang Aboh, Nikh Kamin, Dikto Yikar, Mutchu Mithi, Anok Wangsa, state VP Karto Kaye, various state wing presidents Kamsi Bage (youth), Gepu Don (student), Repeh Bagra (women), district presidents Tapang Taloh (East Siang), Jumta Hangkar (Kamle) also spoke.
Nagaland MoS Sasank Ghatraj, MLAs Rupert Momin and SGE Mominin were also present, the release added.