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PPA seeks report on dams

- Arunachal party demands white paper on projects

Dhemaji, Jan. 17: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) today asked the Nabam Tuki government to publish a white paper on the status of the hydel projects coming up in Arunachal Pradesh and the financial condition of the frontier state.

The regional party of the state took out a procession in Itanagar today and launched its campaign for the Lok Sabha election.

Several party workers, along with their supporters, participated in the procession.

The party has four MLAs in the 60-member state Assembly.

The demands of PPA were included in a memorandum, which was submitted to the chief secretary H. Paliwal by party president Nikh Kamin and senior leaders like Laeta Umbrey and Gumjum Haider.

More than 150 hydel projects have been cleared in Arunachal Pradesh, which is seen as a future powerhouse of India. But not everyone is happy over the manner in which the water resources of the state were been exploited.

According to the PPA, the white paper should include issues such crippling law and order situation, mines and minerals and “unmindful” allotment of private universities in the state.

It also demanded immediate devolution of power to panchayats and municipal bodies.

The party, at its executive council meeting held at the PPA head office in Naharlagun on January 15, unanimously resolved to take on the Congress government on issues that concern the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

“The meeting was necessitated as the state government failed to respond to our earlier queries on issues affecting the common man,” said Gumjum Haider, an aspiring candidate for Arunachal West constituency.

Both the Lok Sabha seats in the state are held by the ruling Congress.

Haider said both the Congress and the BJP were mired with corruption, nepotism and ill governance and the PPA had unanimously decided to oppose the “anti-tribe”, anti-secular and anti-people policies of both the parties in the ensuing elections.

The PPA will organise more such rallies against the government, he said.