Org allege govt of handing indigenous rights to Tibetan refugees

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Sep 23: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO), in collaboration with various other organisations alleged the state government officials of handing out Scheduled Tribe, Permanent Resident Certificates and land rights to the Tibetan refugees as indigenous tribal people of the state.
Addressing reporters on Saturday, the APATCYO claimed that the PS to Chief Minister was handing out Scheduled Tribe and Permanent Resident certificates to the Tibetan refugees settled in the state, and falsifying documents to recognize them as indigenous Monpas and Sherdukpens of the state.
Though the organization did not substantiate their claims with any evidence, it said that there are several Tibetans who have acquired land and built houses in Naharlagun claiming to be Monpas.
Urging the state government to check and balance such practices, APATCYO President Kame Kipa said that the organizations wanted cancellation of land rights given to the Tibetans who have falsified their documents.
Also placing its demand for the Abo-Tani Autonomous Council, the APATCYO claimed that the “Abo-Tani dominated-areas are deprived of infrastructure development and infrastructure development projects are being diverted to the non Abo-Tani areas of the state”.
The APATCYO also said that it would withhold its demand for an autonomous council if the Mon region is also not granted autonomy.
It also demanded that the applicants who had applied for the posts of Junior Engineer be compensated by the state government since they had invested a lot of money in preparations for the examinations, including travel expenditures.
The APATCYO gave 15 days ultimatum to the state government to fulfil its three-point charter of demands or face democratic movement in all Abo-Tani dominated areas.