ITANAGAR, OCT 28: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) supports the creation of Bichom district, but with the condition that the state government adheres to mandatory procedures and guidelines, including public hearings and clear boundary demarcation.
ANSU’s Vice President and Issue Chairman, Rahim Yangfo, emphasized that the demand for Bichom district has existed for decades. ANSU’s involvement in this matter is not abrupt, as they had to intervene back in 2006 due to confusion. Yangfo clarified that their stance is not against any group or tribe residing in the area.
The key concern for ANSU is the approach taken by the state government, which they fear could lead to confusion and communal tensions. ANSU seeks a peaceful solution through a systematic process. They believe that all stakeholders, both proponents and opponents, should be involved, and the government should take everyone’s perspectives into account.
On October 16, ANSU submitted a memorandum to the state government highlighting the lapses in mandatory formalities and procedures. They called for a public hearing and addressing public concerns before proceeding with the creation of Bichom district.
It is imperative that the government engages in open discussions with the affected people of the three circles, which include Bana, Richikrong, and Lada. ANSU appeals to the state government to follow mandatory formalities and guidelines for district creation, similar to past instances like Pakkekessang and Kamle, which were initiated after thorough discussions and formalities.
Yangfo noted that the proposed Bichom district is being pursued without proper consultation with the local people, which ANSU opposes. They demand that the district’s map and boundaries should be transparently communicated to the local residents.
In conclusion, ANSU stresses that their opposition is not to the creation of Bichom district but rather to the process and procedures being adopted by the government. They call for a thorough verification and discussion with all parties involved to ensure a transparent and well-informed creation process that fosters understanding among all tribes and communities.