Arunachal Pradesh: Home Ministry to discuss Chakma and Hajong citizenship rights issue

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold a discussion on the Chakma and Hajong issue of Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Pema Khandu will also participate in the meeting.

The Supreme Court had directed to process the citizenship applications on 9 January 1996 pursuant to a petition filed by the National Human Rights Commission. The applications were not processed. In a fresh petition filed seeking enforcement of the 1996 judgement,  the Supreme Court further directed on 17 September 2015 to finalise conferment of citizenship preferably within three months. The directions have not been complied as yet. On 11 July 2017, the Supreme Court directed the Chief Secretary to finalise all pending citizenship applications before the next date of hearing on 11 December 2017.  The Supreme Court further directed that if the State government fails to process the citizenship applications as directed, the Chief Secretary will be required to remain personally present in each hearing.

Arunachal Pradesh has been raising the bogey of changing demography which is false.

When The aPolitical asked an official of the  Ministry of Home Affairs whether the number of Chakma population increased from 5,000 in 1964-1969 to 100,000 at present is true, the official who sought anonymity stated that the population of the Chakmas is recorded by the census.

As per Union Home Ministry records, a total of 14,888 Chakmas/Hajongs were settled in Arunachal Pradesh during 1964-69 and their population increased to 47,471 persons as per 2011 census. In 47 years, the Chakma and Hajong population increased by 218%. The indigenous peoples of Arunachal Pradesh (Scheduled Tribes) increased from 2,99,944 persons in 1961 to 9,51,821 persons in 2011 i.e. by about 218%. The population of other non-tribals such as Adivasis, Assamese, Nepalese, Muslims, Marwaris, Biharis etc increased by 955% during the same period. The non-APSTs population was 36,614 persons in 1961 and increased to 3,84,435 persons in 2011 i.e. 955% increase!

The Chakmas are currently settled in three districts i.e. Namsai, Papumpare and Changlang while Hajongs are settled only in Changlang district. As per 2011 census, Namsai district, which was created from Lohit district in 2014, had a total population of 95,950 persons out of which the total population of the Chakmas in the district was 4,523 persons. In Papum Pare district, as per the 2011 census, the total population was 1,76,573 persons out of which the total population of Chakmas was 2,065 persons. In Changlang district, the total population was 1,48,226 persons as per 2011 census out of which the total population of the Chakmas/Hajongs was 40,883 persons and other non-indigenous population i.e. Adivasis, Assamese, Nepalese, Muslims, Marwaris, Biharis etc was 53,465 persons.

In fact, the populations of the Muslims in Papum Pare district in 2011 were 9,392 ( i.e. 6,148 males and 3,244 females) in comparison to 2,065 Chakmas during 2011.

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