‘Revoke Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014’

ITANAGAR, Sep 11: In a nine-point memorandum to the Chief Minister, the Students’ United Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) has on Monday demanded immediate revocation of the state cabinet’s recent decision to implement the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014, and demanded Pema’s resignation on moral ground.
Citing a 2009 report, the SUMAA said that Arunachal Pradesh has the third highest population of Tibetan refugees in the country and that they pose a direct threat to the tribal people of the state.
As the tribal population of Arunachal is one of the rarest in the world, it was essential to protect them from the verge of extinction, as it is being threatened by repeated influx of illegal migrants and refugees from neighbouring countries, the organisation said.
Also claiming that the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy is just a policy and not an Act or law, the SUMAA said that the central government policy is not mandatory for the state.
The demands of the SUMAA also include strict implementation of the Bengal Frontier Regulation Act 1873 and Chin Hills Act 1896, deportation of Tibetan refugees from the state, cancellation of Bhoti language as the third official language of Arunachal Pradesh and cancellation of prospective 100 posts to be created for Bhoti language teachers, besides immediate cancellation and refund of expenditure from the state exchequers for the promotion of a particular religion, prohibiting Tibetans spiritual leaders from entering Arunachal and revocation of the Autonomous Council of Mon and Patkai region.