Arunachal Civil Society Calls for National Register of Citizens Like Exercise in the State


ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has appealed to the State Government to carry out a National Register of Citizens (NRC)-like exercise in Arunachal Pradesh to identify the genuine indigenous communities and ensure their survival in the State.

The ACS has informed that when the final draft of NRC was released on on 30th July, 2018, names of 40 lakh (4 million) people were left out from the draft document. It is apprehended that many among them might enter Arunachal Pradesh at any time.

The organisation further called for proper instruction from State Government in all respective check gates as well as keeping 24×7 vigilance in all corridors of the State. Quoting sources, the ACS claimed that many people of Arunachal are allowing the person without ILP to work in thir households as domestic helpers.

The ACS asked the state Government to carry out necessary operations or checkings around the State because many officers as well as top high profile people have been keeping many household helpers without proper Identification. Even small boys and girls from the Chakma and the Hajong communities are being thus employed but till now no checking has been done, it stated.
Dumping of Tibetans refugees, Chakmas, Hajongs and other people from different parts of the country besides Tibet, Bangladesh, and Burma (Burmese) has created complicated situations while even reducing the indigenous communities to a minority in several pockets in the State, ACS claimed.

An NRC-type exercise will contribute immensely to the continuous survival of the indigenous communities in the State, ACS said and appealed to the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister along with his Cabinet Colleagues to ensure that strict vigilance is carried out on the inter-state boundaries.

Against the backdrop, the ACS urged the State Government to conduct an NRC-like exercise in the entire State of Arunachal Pradesh with 1961 as the cut-off year to segregate the genuine and non-genuine residents of the State.