TURA, Dec 5 - The leadership of the disbanded Achik National Volunteers’ Council-Breakaway (ANVC-B) today accused the Meghalaya Government of trying to divide the cadres from the leadership.
The disbanded outfit has been in a protracted battle with the State Government on the question of the rehabilitation package promised to them even after two years of disbanding.
The leadership has called for a meeting at Edenbari near Tura on December 9 to discuss the matter and show a united front. “There is confusion among the cadres as there is an attempt to divide the cadres from the leadership. We only came to know about it when some cadres were asked to submit their account numbers to the police station without the knowledge of the leaders,” said Jakrik Wareng, general secretary of the NGO of the disbanded outfit.
“We (leaders) await a response from the State Government but instead they moved to collect the list without intimating the selected list of cadres. Even before the list of selected cadres is officially forwarded to the leaders, steps have been taken to bypass the organisation and leaders so that the rehabilitation package meant for us could be diverted,” alleged Jakrik.
The ANVC-B leadership questioned the motive of the State Government asking why transparency is not being maintained. “We are unaware of who is selected in the list for the package and who is not,” he added.
“We have written letters to the Home Minister, Principal Secretary and Home Secretary, which are yet to be responded to. Instead an attempt to divide the organisation is on. Moreover, the festive season is nearing and if the package is not given, the disbanded cadres will have a hard time,” added Jakrik.