Itanagar, April 28: The fifth joint high-powered committee (JHPC) meeting constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Chakma and Hajong refugee issue was held here on Friday under the chairmanship MHA Joint Secretary (NE) Satyendra Garg.
The crucial meeting was attended by Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Foreigners) Anil Malik, MHA, State political and Home Secretary G S Meena, Deputy Commissioners, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, AAPSU executive members and legal advisors, besides Chakma and Hajong representatives, a press release from AAPSU stated.
AAPSU president Hawa Bagang, in his deliberation, put forward that the indigenous people of the State would never accept the granting of citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh.
He also cited the legal provisions under which the State of Arunachal Pradesh and its people are protected under different regulations.
Making apprehension on the enrollment of Chakmas and Hajongs in the electoral roll, AAPSU said: "No fresh enrollment should be done since the Chakmas and Hajongs are not the citizens of India.
On Chakma and Hajong representatives stating that they should be given citizenship and land rights in Arunachal Pradesh, AAPSU reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh would not accept any such proposal which would hamper the rights of the indigenous people.
AAPSU demanded immediate deletion of all the names of Chakma and Hajong refugees enrolled in the electoral roll as the Chakmas and Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh are not the citizens of India, and fresh enrolment should not be allowed till the matter of granting citizenship right to them is not resolved.