Encourage “Misguided” Wancho Youths To Join Mainstream; Earn Respectable Livelihood : Arunachal Pradesh Governor 

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The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh – Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra urged the Wancho Council, the apex body of the Wancho community, to push the “misguided” Wancho youths of joining the mainstream; take advantage of the government’s rehabilitation package and earn a respectable livelihood.

During a meeting with the members of Wancho Council on Monday, special focus were provided to “the impact of insurgency, and issues relating to public security, recruitment of Wancho youth in the Police and Army, and promotion of entrepreneurship and start-ups.”

Appreciating the Wancho Council (of Longding district) for their recent demonstration against abducting civilians by insurgents, the Governor stated that the people “stand against militancy” in order for development to take place along their region.

Besides, the Council has also been requested to ensure that funds allocated for development are not diverted to pay taxes to UG organizations; and entirely utilized on the ground for intended purposes.

The Governor said that the Wancho Community has different individual identities under the Indian Constitution, and that must not give-up their proud Wancho identity to NSCN (IM) motivated populations.

He urged community leaders to encourage youths in exploring entrepreneurship and ‘Start-Up’ programmes.

Instead, they should become self-sufficient through pisciculture, horticulture, loin weaving, handicrafts, and other forms of self-employment, and work hard to be able to create jobs for other youth; the Governor continued.

The Governor advised the council members to encourage the Wancho insurgent youths to return to the mainstream through consultation; and meet him within a month for delivering comprehensive suggestions to bring the underground youths back into the mainstream.

The Wancho Council members, led by their president Sompha Wangsa, had previously discussed their challenges, including security concerns; the communique added.

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