Former militants accuse James of negligence

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, July 12: Accusing the state Home Minister, James Sangma of negligence, former members of the now disbanded ANVC.B have threatened to resort to open protest against the Minister on the issue of their rehabilitation packages.
“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,” the former Secretary of the ANVC.B, Deepan G Momin said on Thursday.
He also claimed that the former cadres of the outfit have been neglected for the last four years.

“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 added.
He also pointed out that the former Chairman of the outfit, Bernard Marak had urged the government to provide details on who had availed of the packages while adding that the government could not give a fitting reply on this and that the Joint Secretary was directed to give the list of 365 cadres.
“They took one month to give the details but even after one year there is no response,” Momin said.
Accusing the State Government and the incumbent State Home Minister of a total failure in taking the matter seriously, Momin has set a two week deadline for the State Government to ensure that the former cadres are given their dues.
He also warned that failure to meet this deadline will result in the former cadres staging an open demonstration against James and also the burining of effigies of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju who he accused of ‘totally ignoring their role’ in the matter.
He also accused the State under both the erstwhile Congress – led government and the present NPP - led government of dishonouring the agreement between the ANVC.B and the Centre.


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