Khandu Admits Govt’s Failure To Bridge Communication Gap with People Over PRC

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu holding meeting with different stakeholders to install peace in the state
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu holding meeting with different stakeholders to install peace in the state on February 25, 2019. Photo: TIME8

Itanagar, February 25, 2019

Terming the incidents of violence in the state capital as unfortunate, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on February 25th, 2019 admitted the government’s failure to bridge the communication gap with the people over the Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) issue which led to violence.

“There has been communication gap regarding PRC issue that was to be brought up in the assembly session. The PRC matter in the assembly was only for discussion and to make JHPC report on PRC public during the short discussion. The matter was no way in the form of bill or resolution. Also responding to agitations, a message was circulated through social media that PRC matter will not be brought in the assembly,” Khandu said.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu during a meeting with stakeholders over PRC issue on February 25, 2019
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu during a meeting with stakeholders over PRC issue on February 25, 2019

Holding a meeting with community-based organizations, political parties and students’ organizations to work out peace in the state capital, the CM expressed regret over the loss of public, private properties, injuries to civilians and security forces during the mayhem. “An inquiry committee to be headed by a commissioner will be formed to investigate the case,” Khandu added. He also appealed the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony in the state.

Moreover, expressing pain at the loss of three lives, Khandu announced Rs 20 lakh and a govt job for the next of kin of the deceased and up to Rs 10 lakh for those injured.