MHA to rectify ‘anomalies’ in implementation of peace pact for ANVC, ANVC-B cadres

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Shillong, June 22: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has assured that “anomalies” related to the implementation of ‘Agreed Text for Settlement’ signed with disbanded Garo rebel outfits ANVC and ANVC-B would be rectified soon.
This was decided during a review meeting, chaired by MHA Joint Secretary (North East), Satyandra Garg, held in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by representatives from other departments like Commerce, Aviation, PWD, Health etc along with representatives from the State Government and the GHADC.
The ANVC team was led by PK Marak, former Secretary of ANVC accompanied by Tengsak Momin and Shailang Sangma, while the ANVC-B was led by Bernard Marak, former Chairman, and General Secretary Deepan Momin, accompanied by B.R. Marak personal adviser to the Chairman.
Reviewing the agreement point by point, the meeting also took note of certain anomalies related to the implementation of the agreement, and decided to rectify all issues within one to three months.
The State was also instructed to include members of the ANVC and ANVC-B in every decision and every committee formed as per the agreement so that there is transparency.
The State Government claimed that 362 cadres from ANVC got rehabilitation packages at Rs 1.5 lakh, whereas the list of selected ANVC-B cadres was not forwarded to ANVC-B leaders, which the State agreed to supply and share all documents of verification and a copy regarding the number of cadres of the ANVC and ANVC-B who got the packages should be shared with both organizations within a month.
In a statement issued here, former ANVC-B secretary Deepan G. Momin said, the issue of variation in amount sanctioned to ANVCs and UALAs who got Rs 2.5 lakh was also raised during the meeting.
He said that there were many anomalies in the implementation of the Agreement, which the Chairman of the meeting, asked the State to complete within a month.
“There has been thorough discussion on the delay to rehabilitate ANVC-B cadres, and it was assured to be looked into by the State government within a month by forwarding all details of the process,” the statement said.
Developmental issues were also discussed comprehensively and points were raised by Bernard on issues of land acquisition by the Centre and the State for construction of roads and offices for various departments without following the Land Acquisition Act and consulting the Aking Nokmas.
The matter of including Danakgre Aking and Rongkongre Aking to South West Garo Hills without public consensus was also raised.
A point was also raised regarding the need to upgrade the Dalu Land custom station by including more items for import/export through Dalu and other ports in Garo Hills.
GSU President Tengsak Momin who represented the ANVC, stressed the need to exclude non-tribals from participating in the GHADC election, stating that the “GHADC is meant for only indigenous tribals.”
Apart from this, the need to speed up expansion of Baljek airport, upgradation of hospitals and Govt colleges, strengthening of tribal bodies and other issues were also discussed.

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