ITANAGAR: Members of the Wancho Council, the apex body of the community, on Monday called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra at the Raj Bhawan here and discussed about the impact of insurgency, public security, recruitment of Wancho youth in the police and Army and promotion of entrepreneurship and start-ups.
The Governor appreciated the Wancho Council for their rally against kidnapping and other activities of the insurgents and said that the people have to rise against militancy to facilitate development in their area.
He said that the Council also has to ensure that the fund given for development must be used on the ground for the intended purpose.
Mishra said that the Constitution of India has given separate individual identity to the Wancho community and they should not surrender the proud Wancho identity to NSCN (IM)-motivated communities.
He called upon the community leaders to motivate the youth to go for entrepreneurship and pursue start-up schemes.
“The Wancho youth must not sit idle indefinitely wait for Government jobs. Instead, they should stand on their own feet through pisciculture, horticulture, handloom, handicrafts and other self-employment avenues and work hard to become capable of providing jobs for other youth,” he said.
The Governor advised the Council to persuade the misguided youths to return to the mainstream and make use of the Government rehabilitation package for rehabilitation and earning a respectable livelihood.
He asked them to consult the people and meet him in a month’s time with their village leaders with overall proposals for bringing the underground Wancho youths back to the mainstream.
Earlier, the Council members led by their president Sompha Wangsa, shared their problems, including security issues.