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Arunachal BJP demands �white paper�

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, June 1 � The Arunachal State BJP has demanded a �white paper� on the State�s financial health.

Stating that the party was deeply concerned over the State�s financial �crisis� as well as �selective� payment of employees� monthly salaries for past two-three months, BJP president Tai Tagak addressing a press conference here today said the party demands the State Govt to come up with a white paper explaining why the govt employees� salaries, contractors� payments and students� stipends could not be released on time.

He further said, �With no sign of govt formation in sight with more than two weeks passed after the Congress leader Nabam Tuki took oath as Chief Minister on May 18, the people of Arunachal Pradesh want to know the reasons for its delaying tactics.�

Asserting that BJP will play the role of an �effective and constructive� opposition in the Assembly, the BLP leader Tamiyo Taga said, �We are now the official opposition party� we will try to help the State Govt in bringing sufficient Central fund for building the State.�

Listing out the priority areas the BJP would like to concentrate upon, he said the party will demand the govt to first improve the State�s law and order, separation of judiciary from executive and construction of an alternative highway linking Arunachal with rest of the country via Bhutan. He further said BJP would like Arunachal to have an AIMS-like medical college and technical college of IIT repute.

Even if the party advocates for power generation in the State, he said tapping of hydropower potential is essential but not at the cost of ecology. �We demand a complete review of all the MoUs/MoAs signed so far with power developers and retain the projects with those developers who are really committed to develop the projects and can develop other infrastructure like roads, inland waterways to connect areas like Pasighat, Tezu, Roing with Assam�s Guwahati and other parts of country.�

Taga while claiming that 80 per cent of govt-run schools in Arunachal are in a sorry state of affair, said the party demanded for immediate face-lift of education system besides streamlining the teachers� recruitment process.

Moreover, State�s health sector was in a �deplorable� state with 80 per cent of the health institutions on the verge of closure. The BJP, besides demanding the govt to take immediate steps to improve these two vital sectors, urged for stoppage of diversion of funds forthwith and improvement of State�s financial health.

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