Union dissatisfied with inquiry in fake ST certificates issue

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU) on Friday reiterated its demand for cancellation of fake Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates issued to late Nawang Dondup’s family; strict action against illegal encroachment on government land in Tawang; and scrapping of dual benefits being availed by Tibetan refugees.
In a press conference, the union’s ‘Operation Clean Drive’ chairman Pema Tsering said the Tawang district administration was delaying acting on the issues despite the ATDSU having submitted all relevant documents in the matter of the fake certificates and land encroachment.
The union also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact-finding committee’s inquiry into the fake ST certificates issue.
“The district administration and the state government have failed to fulfill our demands, and no serious thought and action have been taken so far,” the union stated.
Based on the ATDSU’s complaints, the Tawang administration instituted a two-member fact-finding committee, chaired by SJETA Commissioner Gamli Padu, to verify the authenticity of the ST certificates possessed by some individuals in the district. A hearing in this regard is reportedly slated on 2 August.
The union claimed that, other than three medical officers whose genealogical lineage was in doubt, two individuals – Jambey Tsering and Lobsang Dargay – were enjoying dual benefits of both refugee cards and ST certificates.
The union requested the district administration and the state government to readdress their issues at the earliest.