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Arunachal Pradesh: Tribal bodies condemn cancellation of residence certificate to Chakmas, Hajongs


The Chakma Hajong organisations condemned cancellation of the Residential Proof Certificates (RPCs) issued to the Chakmas and Hajongs by the State government of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Deputy Commissioner of Changlang district in an order dated 14.11.2022 directed the local officials to cancel the RPCs and instead issue Temporary Settlement Certificates (TSCs).

“That Chakmas and Hajongs born in Arunachal Pradesh being issued Temporary Settlement Certificates is completely illegal and smacks of vindictiveness of the State based on racial ground. A person who lives in an area for six months is issued an ordinary residence certificate across the country but in Arunachal Pradesh, after sixty years, the Chakmas and Hajongs who are citizens of India are being issued temporary settlement certificates. We condemn this act of discrimination”. – stated Pritimoy Chakma, Convenor of the Chakma Hajong Rights Alliance (CHRA).

“The entire process started with illegality and ended with illegality. On 11 July 2022, a team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) visited the Office of the Extra Assistant Commissioner, Diyun and inspected official records which under the law, a non-state actor cannot perform. On 18 July 2022, AAPSU submitted charter of demands to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu including cancellation of the RPCs and booking the officials and local MLA under National Security Act.
On 30 July 2022, Arunachal Pradesh government issued a Notification constituting a five-member committee chaired by Secretary (Food and Civil Supplies) including two members from AAPSU to verify the RPCs. On 31 July 2022, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh suspended the issuance of fresh RPCs in Changlang district and now, altogether cancelled the RPCs.” – stated Rup Singh Chakma, President of Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students Union.

“The entire process of cancellation of the RPCs shows that the State of Arunachal Pradesh is not governed by the rule of law. A non-State actor without jurisdiction inspected records, and the State government instead of taking lawful actions against trespass into the government office allowed the same non-State actor to inquire into its own allegations by exercising the sovereign powers of the State as part of the government appointed commission of inquiry and pronounce its judgment.” –stated Santosh Chakma, President of the Committee for Citizens’ Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh.

“The action of the Arunachal Pradesh government on the RPC issue is a blatant violation of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The time has come for Prime Minister Modi to hold his Chief Ministers for such blatant violation of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.” – stated Suhas Chakma, Founder of the Chakma Development Foundation of India (CDFI).



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