Arunachal Pradesh government's
announcemment that it was considering granting Permanent
Resident Certificates (PRCs) to non-tribals residing in Namsai
and Changlang districts of the state has evoked strong
resentment from a prominent tribal group here Saturday.
(APACC), a prominent community based organisation, has slammed
the state government for announcing it hastily without
considering a report which is due to be filed shortly.
APACC also demanded the state government to
immediately retract statement.
Addressing mediapersons here, chairman of APACC Taba
Taku said that the organisation was not against granting PRCs
to genuine non-tribals but the government should wait for the
report which is due to be filed by the Joint High Powered
Committee headed by state Environment and Forest Minister
Nabam Rebia which is studying the issue.
"The state government had undermined the sentiments of
the indigenous people of the state and without consulting them
had announced to grant PRCs to the non-tribals which will bear
negative impact," Taku said.
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein
said in Assam recently that granting PRCs to the non-tribals
would be a new year gift for them.
Taku added that without going through the pros and
cons of the issue, the deputy chief minister made the
announcement which is "nothing but a policy of appeasement
When the community-based organisations (CBO) and the
state government is working on a framework for suitable
solution to the issue, how the deputy chief minister made the
announcement without waiting for the committees report? Taku
While condemning the move, the organisation pointed
out that there was no mention about granting PRCs to
non-tribals in the Statehood Act.
When contacted, Mein said that the government is
working on an "acceptable solution" to the impasse and would
act according to the report filed by the committee.
We are waiting for the final report which will be
submitted by the end of this month. The report will be placed
before the cabinet and accordingly, an acceptable solution
will be hammered out.
I made the announcement saying that it will be a new
year gift for the people of the state as the government will
definitely work out an amicable solution which will be
acceptable to all, Mein said.
Addressng a rally at Namsai on Saturday, Chief
Ninister Pema Khandu said the PRC issue cannot be kept pending
"It is our responsibility that the issue of PRC be
solved once and for all else it has the potential to disturb
the peace and harmony in the area," he said and added that the
interests of the indigenous tribal population will be taken
care of and cut-off dates will be set to qualify for PRC.
Khandu said the commission set up to study the PRC
issue has the report ready, which has been prepared taking
into account the ground realities with inputs from indigenous
The PRC has become a major issue in the state in
recent times with all the connunity based organisations,
including students bodies, opposing the move which compelled
the state government to constitute the committee with members
from students unions and CBOs besides MPs and opposition
Around 300-400 households of non-tribal communities
over several decades and have been demanding the PRCs.
Six non-tribal communities reside in Lekang
constituency under Namsai district, which Mein represents. Two
non-tribal communities reside in Vijaynagar (Changlang
district), followed by four in Namsai, two in Chowkham
(Namsai) and four in Diyun-Bordumsa (Changlang).
Khandu and Mein on Friday had an interaction with
various CBOs of Namsai district regarding the granting of PRC
to the non-Arunachalees.
Executive members of CBOs namely, Tai Khamti Singpho
Council, Tai-Khamti Singpho Student Union, Tai Khamti
Development Society, Singpho Welfare Society and All Namsai
Area Youth Association had expressed no objection to the
granting of PRC to the eligible non-APST (Arunachal Pradesh
districts with 1968 as the cut-off year.
However, they said that a proper dossier should be
maintained as per the cadastral survey of 1968.
Khandu said the government would bring the PRC issue
before the cabinet for discussion after the final report is
available. He added that the government is positively
considering the long pending demands of the non-Arunachalees
permanently residing in the two districts.
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