Arunachal Law Students Union Not Happy With JHPC Report
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) on Tuesday demanded that the State Government does not table the recommendations of the Joint High Powered Committee (JHPC) final report on granting Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) to Non-APST in the ensuing Legislative Assembly session.
The union’s other demand is the resignation of chairman and secretary of JHPC. The body suggested that the State Government discards Article 371 (H) and implement Article 371 (A) or Article 371 (G) enjoyed by the people of Nagaland and Mizoram respectively.
Addressing reporters here at the Press Club, president of ALSU, Yuram Tamin said we oppose the final recommendations of the JHPC as it is contradictory to the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act (BEFR), 1873.
He said every individual visiting Arunachal Pradesh needs ILP as it is a protected area but according to the JHPC recommendation, PRC may be recognized and notified as a regular pass under section 2 & 4 of the BEFR, 1873, for complying with the provision of the regulation.
On granting PRC to the ex-serviceman settlers of Vijaynagar circle of Changlang district and their descendents, Tamin said these serviceman were settled there on lease for thirty years from 1987 which has expired years ago. “It’s up to the State Government whether it should be renewed or not. Rather than granting PRC to them the State Government should honour them with compensation or renew the lease,” said Tamin.
He also questioned the recommendation made on Chakmas, Hajongs and Tibetan refugees and the Non-APST. Though we welcome the recommendation which states these communities temporarily residing in the State for the purpose of business and other service are not eligible for the grant of PRC but still there still areas that needs to be answered, he added.
Speaking on the future consequences of recommendation made by the JHPC on issuing PRC, Tamin said PRC will not confer any benefits of APST to the Non-APST PRC holders.
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