Arunachal News


SUMAA rejects Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy

From our correspondent
Itanagar, Sept 12: The Student’s United Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) has rejected implementation of Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP) 2014 in the State.
The organisation in a memorandum to Chief Secretary Shakuntala Doley Gamlin said: “Apart from other issues, this is a self-rescue mission for every indigenous people of Arunachal and for us to fight for every inch of the land that is rightfully ours.”
SUMAA pointed out that at a time when the educated unemployed youth of the State are yet to get social security and basic facilities, the government is playing with the sentiments of its indigenous people.
“The Chakma-Hajong refugee issue is still very fresh. But the government has the audacity to announce TRP, revealing that it wants to give the refugees equal rights to those of Indians. The Tibetans, as refugees, enjoyed many privileges such as getting visas, monetary and other benefits under UNHCR while many NGOs work for their uplift,” SUMAA said.
The SUMAA condemned the BJP government’s decision on Tibetans and blamed the previous Congress government that amended the policy. It also submitted a nine-point charter of demands for the government to fulfill within 15 days.
The demands include strict implementation of Bengal Frontier Regulation Act 1872 and Chin Hill Act of 1896, immediate cancellation of Bhoti as third language in the State, cancellation of prospective 100 posts to be created for Bhoti language teachers, immediate cancellation and refund of expenditure from the State exchequer for the promotion of Buddhism, to stop allowing Tibetan spiritual leaders from entering the State, to name a few.