AAPSU larders speak to reporters. (File image)

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has called for extending the lockdown in the state for two more weeks.

The union also requested the state government for re-testing the returnees.

Speaking to the reporters in Itanagar on Friday, AAPSU vice-president Meje Taku said that the demand for re-testing is to ensure that the spread is checked.

“There have been cases where people who had earlier tested Covid-19 negative were later found to be positive after a re-test. The re-tests of returnees who have tested negative and are presently in home quarantine should be made compulsory,” Taku said.

The union also demanded the closure of all schools, colleges and other educational institutions till normalcy returns to the state.

It said that the state government should issue clear-cut guidelines on the matter and sought monthly review on opening and closure of educational institutions.

Stating that the union has no problem with online classes, Taku added that the online classes should not be made mandatory as there are many districts deprived of telecommunication and electricity.

AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said that the state government should impose strict action on those who are deliberately violating the standard operating procedures, irrespective of power, post and the institution they work for.

He also called upon the state government to provide financial aid to those students who are willingly staying in different parts of the country during the lockdown.

The union further requested the state government for speedy investigation into the incident of firing by Army personnel in Longding district’s Pumao village, killing one civilian and injuring many.

The union requested an odd-even system of allowing vehicular movement as had been introduced by Delhi government to avoid unnecessary movement.

It also said that the state government should construct multi-purpose cold storage in the Itanagar Capital Region for future purposes.

The union on Thursday submitted a representation to Chief Minister Pema Khandu demanding the same.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com