SHILLONG, April 20: Quelling the distrust emerging out of the alleged delay of the Centre and the State government to review the fulfilment of the ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ between the Centre and the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its breakaway faction the ANVC.B, the Joint Secretary Home in-charge of North East, Satyendra Garg has said that it has reviewed the issue and it will hold discussions with all the stakeholders including nominees from ANVC.B in either May or June, this year.
“In 2014 settlement had come. We had reviewed once and I have requested to organize a meeting so that department wise and settlement wise we could review it. Today of course there was no adequate notice for the meeting because it was decided in a hurried way, however we have reviewed it at our level and decided that after a month or so we will holding a proper meeting to discuss it with all the stakeholders including nominees from ANVC.B that will be sometime in May or June,” Garg said here on Thursday.
The Joint Secretary had a meeting with senior government officials to discuss the fulfillment of the Agreed Text of Settlement (ATS) with ANVC and ANVC.B in the city.
“A lot of progress has already been made, but we will do a formal review soon,” he added.
It may be recalled that the Agreed Text of Settlement with ANVC and ANVC.B was signed on September 24, 2014 and the disbanding ceremony was held on December 15, the same year. The agreed text of settlement includes transferring as many as 13 subjects including minor works of Agriculture, Sericulture and Weaving, Animal Husbandry, Fishers and minor irrigation, among others to the GHADC. The Text also mentions the strengthening of existing health, road and communication infrastructures to uplift the Garo Hills region. The agreement says that the State Government will extend one time funding support to be spread over a period of five years to strengthen the local and traditional institutions at the grass root level.
On the allegations levelled by ANVC.B that they are not getting their rehabilitation packages as promised and decided, Garg said, “The Centre is not blaming anybody. This issue was also discussed. About one faction of ANVC there is absolutely no issue because it is done and dispensed with. But about the other there was some operational issue which the DGP and the state police is taking care of.”
“Certain norms are required and the state government briefed us in detail what has been going on and we are quite satisfied with whatever is going on. But, if then if somebody has got a point we can take it up separately,” he said with regard to the norms that need to be followed to avail of the rehabilitation package.