UPA chairperson promises to expedite the matter

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to discuss the creation of Mon and Patkai Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).

Mr. Tuki, who led a 16-member high-level delegation to New Delhi, apprised Ms. Gandhi of need to give autonomy to these districts for development, official sources here said.

She was briefed by Mr. Tuki and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Mukut Mithi on the development implications of giving autonomy to the areas. Mr. Tuki was accompanied by MPs Takam Sanjoy and Ninong Ering and Ministers belonging to Tawang, West Kameng, Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, which will be part of the proposed ADCs. The UPA chairperson assured the delegation that she would expedite the matter, the sources said.

“We apprised Sonia Gandhi of the creation of two autonomous councils. She gave us her blessings and said she will discuss it with the Home Ministry,” Mr. Tuki said after his meeting with the Congress president.

He further said that he has conveyed the demands of the people to the Central government, and it would be difficult to get it done within such a short time.