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Tuki team pushes for 2 councils

Guwahati, Dec. 17: The Arunachal Pradesh government today gave a fresh push for creation of Mon and Patkai autonomous councils in the frontier state.

Chief minister Nabam Tuki, who reached New Delhi yesterday, led a 16-member high-level delegation to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to discuss the issues pertaining to the creation of the two councils, which was passed by the state Assembly twice and had recommended it to the Centre for further consideration.

The visit of the delegation is an outcome of a recent cabinet decision.

Submitting two separate memorandums signed by elected representatives and panchayati raj institution leaders of the areas, Tuki made a strong case before Sonia Gandhi today on the need to give autonomy to the these districts with the objective of fostering development in these areas.

The delegation comprised three MPs, state ministers, MLAs of Tawang, West Kameng, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.

Arunachal PCC president Mukut Mithi, who was part of the team, briefed Sonia Gandhi about the implications of according autonomy to these areas.

Official from Itanagar said this was the first time that a chief minister-led delegation from Arunachal Pradesh was given an audience by the UPA chairperson, the Prime Minister and the Union home minister on the same day.

While Sonia Gandhi assured the delegation that the process would be expedited, Singh and Shinde promised to examine the matter and initiate necessary modalities for creation of the same as soon as possible.

“The demand is justified as these areas are underdeveloped. Early creation of the district councils will give a big boost to the ruling Congress’s fortunes in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections,” a Congress leader said.


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