Arunachal Pradesh: Non-APST communities demand permanent residential certificates

A number of communities of Arunachal Pradesh, who are not recognized as Scheduled Tribes in the State, on Sunday organized a peaceful rally demanding permanent residential certificates (PRCs) in Lekang circle in the State’s Namsai district.

The Non-APST communities who have been demanding PRCs include Deori, Adivasi, Moran, Mishing, Ahom, Kachari, etc living in Lekang circle for decades.

The protestors accused the Deputy Commissioner of the district of sitting over a memorandum submitted a long time ago.

                                                   A view of the mass rally

A two-day ultimatum has been served to fulfil their demand. In case, no favourable action is taken, the protestors have said that they will be forced to start a mass democratic movement.

It is pertinent to mention that violence erupted in Namsai town during a pro-PRC rally organized in October 2010 after then chief minister Late Dorjee Khandu led government revoked a decision to issue PRCs to non-APSTs.

More than 70 people were injured during clashes.

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  1. FYI deori,mishing,kachari are scheduled tribes under indian constitution.Moreover,they are along with moran tribe(non-schedulled though) are of the oldest settlers of northeast.And the only place they live in is the nearer places of the boarder of assam and AP.It’s unfortunate that they’re getting neither st status in AP nor prc of AP.Is it beacause they don’t resemble with the other majority tribes of AP?Northeast is inhabited by various groups of mangoloid people like tani,naga,Bodo-kachari,tai etc.so it’s obvious that among the groups there would be some difference.deori,kachari,moran come under bodo-kacahri group,mishing comes under tani group,ahom comes under tai group.So why is this unjustice?
    There are only there solutions of this problem.One of them must be fulfilled by govt.-

    1.either give them st status or atleast provide them prc.
    2.The singphops,khamptis,khamyangs,nocte,nyishi etc.(APST tribes) living in assam who’re enjoying st status of assam should be deprived from enjoying it.
    3.AP should return the lands to assam where these tribes are residing .
    PS-Stop comparing indigineous with bangladeshis.

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