Centre files 316-page document explaining why President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh is justified

Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre filed a 316-page affidavit along with annexures in Supreme Court to justify imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. President Pranab Mukherjee had earlier asked the government to explain the recommendation of imposing President's Rule in the northeastern state.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Governor J P Rajkhowa has invited constructive suggestions from political parties, civil society, intellectuals and non-governmental organisations for good governance and eradication of corruption from the state.

He also called upon the people to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state, an official communiqué said on Friday. Taking over the responsibility of the state government, Rajkhowa gave instructions for various measures to check and monitor the financial status of the state.

Interacting with a BJP delegation led by its state President Tai Tagak and National Executive Member Tapir Gao, who called on him yesterday, the governor advised them to not have a feeling of victory or defeat but to work for betterment of the people, society and the state.

Supreme Court of India. AFP

Supreme Court of India. AFP

The governor assured the delegation that his administration would take all measures to plug loss of revenue from the state.

He informed the delegation that the Chief Secretary has already issued orders to all deputy commissioners to take action against district officials who are missing from the district without prior approval of the competent authority. The delegation apprised the Governor about various problems faced by the government staff and common man, including the irregular payment of salaries to SSA teachers. The delegation also complained about rampant encroachment on government land.

Assuring his best for the welfare of people, Rajkhowa said that steps were already in place and every state, district and constituency would get its due share. "Fair view is taken in all cases and malpractices such as absenteeism in offices, officers and officials not in their places of posting and movement of district heads of department without permission of higher authorities and deputy commissioners will not be accepted," he said.

On being apprised of the encroachment of central government offices, roadside and reserved land, the Governor issued instructions for immediate action against encroachers and initiation of legal action.

He also issued directions for regular payment of salaries to SSA teachers who are rendering service in the interior parts of the state.

Rajkhowa also took note of the irrational creation of independent ADC areas and irregularities in public distribution system as apprised by the BJP delegation, the communiqué added.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jan 29, 2016 17:32 PM

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