Book anyone who threatens Joint High Powered Committee
ITANAGAR: Taking serious note on granting PRC to Non APST settled at Changlang and Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) on Monday urged the state government to book the individual or group under appropriate section of the law for threatening the Joint High Powered Committee (JHPC) in order to influence it for the permanent resident certificates (PRCs) to Non-APSTs before the 7 January 2019 next.
ANSU Vice president Tana Sushil Tara said that ANSU will not tolerate any such threatening and do its best to thwart such evil design to manipulate the decision which is yet to come out by the JHPC.
Further, he said that as per the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873, Govt. Order No.ST-2/94 dated 09/02/1994, no Land Possession Certificate/Permanent Resident Certificate can be granted to Non-APST who is Non-natives/Non-indigenous.
“Any administrative Order or certificate or any other documents issued in contravention of the BEFR, 1873 is liable to cancellation,” he added.
ANSU also added that the question does not arises that the JHPC and Cabinet decision can violate the BEFR, 1873 and other protective laws protecting the rights of indigenous Schedule Tribes of the State of Arunachal Pradesh.
As per the BEFR, 1873 and other protective laws, the Non-APSTs settled in different districts of Arunachal Pradesh cannot be treated as permanent residents as they are only ordinary residence of Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier a Peace Co-ordination Committee for PRC Deprived People of Changlang and Namsai Districts which sat for a meeting here on Friday, welcomed the controversial announcements of chief minister Pema Khandu and deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and also condemned the organizations, societies, individuals and political parties who opposed it.
Khandu, while addressing a public meeting at Vijaynagar in Changlang on December 14, had announced that his government was looking into the odds of granting permanent resident certificates to six Non APST communities living in Namsai and Changlang districts and to the Gorkhas living in Vijaynagar.
He, however, had said the interests of the indigenous population would be taken into consideration and cut-off dates would be set to qualify for permanent resident certificates. Mein had said in Assam recently that granting permanent resident certificates to the non-APSTs would be a New Year gift for them.