Arunachal goodwill team to open helpline to facilitate return of NE people

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 07:20 hrs

The Arunachal Pradesh goodwill team led by MP Takam Sanjoy formed to check the exodus of North East people in wake of the Assam violence will be holding a meeting with Deputy Resident Commissioners of respective North East state governments in Guwahati on Wednesday to facilitate return of students and employees to Southern India states.

The exodus took place from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the wake of rumours of retaliatory attacks on north-easterners after the Assam violence.

The goodwill team headed by Sanjoy had visited all these states to coordinate with state governments in South India, and demand security and protection for NE students studying in various cities in the region.

The team will also inaugurate helpline on August 29 to ascertain number of students and employees who are willing to return to their respective institutions/ workplace. Later in the evening the three-member Arunachal team along with representative of the Maharashtra government will call on Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Sanjoy informed that Maharashtra CM has already spoken to the Civil Aviation Ministry to arrange for special charter flights to bring back the people of the North East, and added that special trains have also been arranged to for the people to return.

Sanjoy also spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and chief secretaries of all north-eastern states in order to take a strong initiative to liaison with the states to facilitate return of students and employees.

In the meantime, the goodwill team has appealed to the people to maintain peace in their areas and not be swayed by rumours and urged the NE state governments to send their children back so that they can continue pursuing their courses. (ANI)

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