The Centre will soon grant citizenship to about 55,000 Chakma and Hajong migrants, who came from the erstwhile East Pakistan and settled in Arunachal Pradesh. The Chakmas came from the Chittagong Hill Tracts which was covered under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.
A high-level meeting Chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was held and it was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. The meeting decided to comply with the Supreme Court directions to grant citizenship to the Chakmas and Hajongs.
During the hearing on 11 July 2017, the State of Arunachal Pradesh submitted that out of 4637 persons whose claim for citizenship is to be finalised, cases of 900 have been finalised and the cases of 1014 will be completed within two months from today. The remaining matters will be finalised within five months positively.
The Court made it “clear that if all the pending cases are not finalised within five months from today, the Chief Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh will remain present in person in the court on every date of listing of matter.”
On the issue of inner line permit and land rights, Mr Santosh Chakma, General Secretary of the CCRCHAP stated, “we would like to see the decisions and whether they meet the test of legality as per the Constitution of India. We will act accordingly. As far as we are concerned, the Supreme Court directions are unambiguous.”