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From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Tura, July 12, 2018:
The Former members of ANVC – B has threatened to launch an 'open protest' against Home Minister, James K Sangma for his 'negligence' in overseeing the quick and equal disbursal of the rehabilitation packages to the former cadres of the now-disbanded outfit even as they demanded the HM to resign if he cannot resolve their problems.
In a release issued by the former secretary of the ANVC (B), Deepan G Momin here on Thursday, the former cadres has slammed the government for the delay in addressing their problems. "Our chairman wrote to James Sangma and even talked to him through phone but his 'niatgenba' which means 'I will see' is what can be termed as politician's promise," said Momin.
The former ANVC-B leader said that the former cadres have been neglected for four years and even now, the government is 'simply' making excuses. "In last joint monitoring committee meeting at Delhi, the state representatives informed that packages were released to 365 ANVC cadres which was surprisingly not known to ANVC representatives and they didn't have records," he pointed out.
Momin also came down heavily on the government for its inability to provide an answer on the question raised by former ANVC-B chairman, Bernard Rimpu N Marak seeking details of all who availed the packages and the list of 365 cadres.
"They took one month to give the details but even after one year there is no response. It is total failure of the State Government and the Home Minister for not taking this matter seriously," he said.
In view of this, the former cadres have served a one-week deadline to the state government to provide their dues and to resolve their problems failing of which, they will resort to open demonstration against the Home Minister in State and also burn down effigy of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju as they were present when the agreement was signed.
"They are cheating us because we are tribals. They are delaying it intentionally thinking we would be scattered. We are united for a cause and we will not rest till we get our dues. We have been deprived of our privileges for last four years. This is not fair. The state government under the Congress and now under NPP are dishonouring the agreement with the Centre," said the former rebel adding that if their issues are not resolved within a week, "We will protest against the Home Minister and his government. If he can't solve our problem, he must resign. We will not rest till our problems are solved. Four years is not a joke."