ITANAGAR, Sep 12: The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has come down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh for making a statement in favour of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy, 2014 in the state.
Raising objection to the remarks of the state BJP president, the ACS said that if the policy is implemented, it will pave way for settlement of Chakma and Hajong refugees in the state.
“The land of the rising sun belongs to indigenous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh only, not for refugees like Chakma-Hajong and Tibetans. It is not a dumping zone for refugees,” the Society said.
Questioning the motive of the BJP and BJP-led government in the state, the Society further claimed that hundreds of Tibetan refugees of Shyo village have already obtained ST certificates illegally and many of them have been absorbed in government jobs too.
Claiming that Tibetans have been enjoying job reservation policy in many departments of the central government, the ACS lamented that Arunachalese do not have not such privilege in government jobs under the central government.
Recently, state BJP President Tapir Gao said that implementation of Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy would not affect indigenous population in any way. Gao further said that the state government has no separate policy on the Tibetans, but is following the central policy which is mandatory as India was a signatory of the Geneva Agreement.
However, the ACS said that the state government is not duty bound to implement such a policy. “Is there any written direction or record that “The Rehabilitation Policy is compulsory in the state of Arunachal Pradesh,” the Society asked.