Smoke without Fire…An update on AFSPA

Quite categorically, the state government denied their role in proposal of extending AFSPA to whole of Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Times in its 26th April edition reported-

“Reacting to the reported move of the State Government to recommend to the Center for extending Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) to the rest of Arunachal Pradesh beyond Tirap and Changlang districts where it was already in force as reported in some sections of the media, advisor to Chief Minister Takam Sanjoy today denied any such move.

Sanjoy, presently camping in New Delhi with Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, told over telephone that the whole state is very peaceful except those two districts bordering Nagaland which had witnessed stray incidents involving underground elements besides the presence of militants including ULFA in areas bordering Asom.

When there is no law and order problem, the question of extending AFSPA to whole state does not arise, he said while describing the report as baseless.”

But, is there any smoke without fire? Huh..

No to AFSPA in Arunachal, Please

Who has the power to declare an area disturbed under AFSPA?

The Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers (Amendment) Act 1972 defines thus:

“For section 3 of the principal Act, the following section shall be substituted, namely:
[5] If in relation to any State or Union Territory to which this Act extends, the Governor of the State or the Administrator of the Union Territory, as the case may be, is in such a disturbed or dangerous condition that the use of Armed Forces in aid of civil power is necessary, the Governor of the State of the Administrator of that Union Territory or the Central Government, as the case may be, may, by notification in the Official Gazetteer, declare the whole or such State of Union Territory to be a disturbed area.”

In my earlier post I had mentioned, based on the report of financial express, that state government is proposing to declare the state as disturbed; the AFSPA says otherwise. But, whosoever and for whatsoever reasons, this most peaceful state is being proposed to be declared as disturbed, the verdict of the people is clear “No to AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh“. Read the report here.

You can find more on this Act posted by Kavita Joshi here.

A feather in the Cap

Which village is the most sanitized of all villages?

But of course, Kaba and Kaisu village under Namsai sub division of Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh, which has been chosen for Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) this year.

A team of Government officials and Panchayat leaders of these villages will be formally receiving the award from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at a function at New Delhi on May 4 next.

Footnote: – Do Apatani villages qualifies criteria laid down by Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) to be nominated for this award? Hmmm…point to ponder.

Grapes are Sour

What Mani Shankar Aiyar has to say after New Delhi lost bid to host 2014 Asian Games to Incheon.

“My guess is, by not hosting the Asian Games we probably saved ourselves something of the order of Rs. 5,000 crore.”

Indeed Mr. Aiyar, Grapes are Sour.