Union opposes granting of PRCs to non-APST settlers

CHANGLANG, Sep 20: The All Changlang District Students’ Union (ACDSU) has strongly rejected “the statement of a few Tangsa political leaders during a meeting held in the office of Miao ADC on 14 September” supporting granting of permanent resident certificates (PRC) to the non-APSTs (ex-Assam Rifles) of Vijaynagar circle.
“In the meeting there were only a few members of political groups who do not represent the Tangsa community as a whole. Besides, even the members of the ACDSU were not invited to the meeting by the joint high-power committee (JHPC) subordinate Miao ADC. The statement of a few Tangsa political leaders cannot be counted as people’s consensus,” the union stated in a press release on Thursday.
The union said it had clearly stated during the earlier JHPC meeting held in Namsai on 3 September with all the stakeholders of the affected districts “that it does not support granting of PRC to non-APST.”
It said it has urged the JHPC to constitute a mechanism “under the ambit of temporary residence certificate” for the benefit of the non-APST settlers in the circle.