ITANAGAR, July 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has always been skeptical of demand for Mon Autonomous Council (MAC) comprising Tawang & West Kameng districts and Patkai Autonomous Council (PAC) comprising of Tirap & Changlang districts right from the beginning.
Reacting to fresh demands MAC by Mon Autonomous Region Demand Committee (MARDC), AAPSY president Hawa Bagang and GS Tobom Dai, in a joined statement, said that any move which directly or indirectly sows seeds of discord among various tribes should be averted as every community & region in the state aspires for progress, prosperity & cohesive development.
Terming it a vexed issue and the Union was aware of various efforts since 2004 including resolutions adopted by State Legislative Assembly for creation of both councils, they advocated taking cognizance of state’s present socio-political realities as all tribes were living freely with autonomy in every sphere of lives when the Britishers came before independence.
“The yardstick to measure economic development, socio-cultural preservation & development is almost same for every region in a multi-tribal state like ours,” they said, adding besides Karmik & Adhyatmik Affairs and DoTCL departments, major chunk of state & central funds are allocated to the areas demanding autonomous councils.
Creation of MAC and PAC is bound open floodgates for similar demands from various regions of the state, for what they would think, usher in overall development and ensure preservation of culture & other rights. As Arunachal Pradesh is a 100% tribal state, any such development should be inclusive involving all communities should be made part of the development process.
Will the GoAP take same steps if similar demands are moved by tribal communities living in other areas, they asked and caution the GoAP to go for a holistic approach for such demands lest may have far reaching ramifications in future. The AASPU called for cautious act on such sensitive matters without drawing a fault line of the basis of region or community.