Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has urged those who have taken huge compensation amounts against non-existent land and property, to return the amount to the government voluntarily.

“I announce here today that the state government is serious on the note and the law will take its course soon. I request those who have received excessive payments for land compensation without having any land or property to return the same before police arrive at their doors,” Khandu said in his address at Nyokum celebrations at Pitapool in Lower Subansiri district on February 27.

Reiterating his un-compromising stand on corruption, the chief minister regretted that there are a few government employees who are misleading people, who are actually innocent.

Referring to the recent Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) fiasco, Khandu said ‘he was hurt the most’. The CM said that APSSB was constituted to offer a level playing field for educated unemployed youths irrespective of social background.

“How could these handful of employees dare to indulge in corruption, this is beyond my understanding. I reiterate no-one involved will be spared,” he said.

On the occasion, Khandu lauded the Nyishis for zealously preserving their tradition and culture and taking pride in their roots. He, however, urged the younger generation to continue the tradition and preserve their culture for posterity.

“No one from outside can help you. If Nyishi culture is to be preserved, only the Nyishis can do it,” he said.

Khandu underscored the significance of practicing local dialects, which he pointed, is the strongest connect to one’s culture. “The state government is committed to preserve and promote indigenous culture through promotion and teaching of local dialects. I request community based organisations and intellectuals to come forward and suggest or help us in this endeavour,” he said.

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