TRP will not curtail benefits of indigenous communities: Rijiju

BJP state executive meeting starts in Tawang
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: Stating that false information is being spread by various quarters on the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP) and Chakma- Hajong citizenship issues, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that the TRP will in no way curtail the privileges and benefits of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Rijiju said this on the first day of the two-day state BJP Executive Meeting at Kalawangpo Convention Hall in Tawang on Thursday.
Addressing the delegates in the meeting, Rijiju opined that the TRP is beneficial for a state like Arunachal Pradesh as it will enable in identifying the refugees as it will become mandatory for a Tibetan refugee to register himself.
He further said it is a uniform policy that has been adopted for administration of Tibetan refugees scattered in numerous settlements in India. Under this policy, all Tibetan refugees have to register themselves for various government benefits entitled to them, he said.
Condemning the false information being spread by various quarters on these two issues, Rijiju also appealed to the delegates of the meeting to convey the correct information to people through party machineries.
On citizenship issue of Chakma-Hajong refugees, Rijiju rubbished the rumour that Chakmas and Hajongs were granted citizenship by the central government, and informed that granting of citizen is as per the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“It is not the BJP Government that is unilaterally proposing granting of citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs, but it is the ruling of the Supreme Court that the government has to follow now”, he said, and retireated his appeal to the party workers to counter such rumours.
Both Tibetan and Chakma-Hajong refugees were settled by the Congress Government in the state even before the BJP was formed, Rijiju said, adding “because of wrong decisions and steps taken by earlier Congress Government in the Centre during Nehru’s time, Arunachal Pradesh has to bear the consequences today.”
Further, BJP National General Secretary in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh, Ramen Deka urged the party functionaries and state government to have good coordination so that benefits of various developmental schemes of the Modi-led Government percolates down to the grassroots level people.
Deka also suggested the state government to tap the tourism potential of the state.
“Development of tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh will also contribute to the economy of Assam as the tourists visit the state via Assam”, Deka said.
In his presidential address, state BJP President, Tapir Gao reiterated the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a corruption free India.
“It is corruption at heart that leads to favouritism and nepotism which harms the country and impedes development”, he said and appealed to all the delegates to take a pledge to root out corruption from their heart for a better society.
Gao also appealed to all the party workers to spread awareness of various pro-poor and pro-people policies and schemes of the central government.
Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, Pasang Dorjee Sona highlighted on the various achievements of the Pema Khandu-led Government.
Over 350 BJP office bearers and party workers from all the districts of the state are attending the meeting, which is being hosted by the Tawang district unit of BJP.