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Updated: 08-12-2018 19:47 IST

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.

The Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Community Confederation

(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

before elections".

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

for long.

"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

tribal population.

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

MLAs, to study the issue and submit a report within six


Around 300-400 households of non-tribal communities

have settled in Namsai and Changlang districts of the state

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

Scheduled Tribe) permanently residing in Namsai and Changlang

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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