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Students call 60hr bandh in August

Itanagar, July 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union today declared an unprecedented 60-hour statewide bandh from August 12 to 14.

The students’ union told reporters at a news conference here today that they had taken the decision yesterday.

The decision is the latest development in the ongoing tussle between the state government and the union.

The union had declared a 12-hour Itanagar bandh last month and a statewide 36-hour bandh earlier this month against the government’s failure to fulfil its seven demands.

The demands include increase and early release of students’ stipends, release of salaries of government employees, a white paper on state finances, scheduling of “public darshan day” at the chief minister’s office, regular electricity and water supply in Itanagar and Naharlagun and proper road maintenance in the state capital.

The union has also been demanding an end to political appointments of chairpersons to head the government committees in the state.

The union’s general secretary, Biru Nasi, said they would file a public interest litigation against the appointment of parliamentary secretaries in the state government, terming the posts “unconstitutional”. At present, there are 18 parliamentary secretaries in chief minister Nabam Tuki’s government.