Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has made it mandatory for all its government officials, including the contingency staff to attend their offices on Monday to foil the 24-hour Capital bandh called by the Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) and Arunachal Indigenous Students’ Union (AISU).

Chief Secretary-in-charge Rajeev Verma, in a circular issued on Sunday, said, “as the bandh call has already been declared illegal and an unlawful activity under the law by the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) district administration all the government offices/establishments will function normally.”

“All government employees, including contingency staff, should attend office without fail as per standard COVID protocol and carry their identity cards. Any action to prevent government servants from performing or attending their duties will be dealt with strictly as per law,” the circular read.

The chief secretary in charge has also directed all the heads of departments and offices to ensure the normal functioning of their offices and submit the attendance details of the employees to his office.

The NYWA and AISU had called a 24-hour Capital bandh on August 02 last month over the state government’s alleged failure to meet some of their pending demands.

The demands include “non-listing of NIT on the GeM portal, repeal of the Arunachal Pradesh District-Based Enterprise and Professional (Incentive Development and Professional) Entrepreneurs Act of 2015, annulment of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 2014, cancellation of three ST certificates illegally issued to Tibetan refugees, renaming of Indira Gandhi Park as Abotani Park, and the inclusion of a chapter on Arunachal Pradesh in NCERT syllabus.”

Though the bandh has been declared illegal and unlawful activity by the ICR administration, the organisations have announced to go ahead with the strike.

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