AAPSU to continue opposing granting of PRCs to non-APSTs

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has said it will continue to oppose the granting of permanent resident certificates (PRC) to non-APSTs residing in Arunachal Pradesh.
Seeking amendment to the State of Arunachal Pradesh Act 1986 under Article 371 (H), the AAPSU, following its federal assembly held in Lohit HQ Tezu, said on Sunday that it would pursue seeking additional insertion of constitutional provisions such as inclusion of absolute ownership of land, rivers, natural resources, forests, minerals, etc, to protect the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.
On the refugee and boundary issues of the state, the AAPSU and its federal units demanded creation of a separate department for strict vigilance and monitoring of refugee affairs, and sought cancellation of the APST certificates, jobs, etc, obtained by refugees in Tawang and Bomdila.
It also demanded “immediate establishment of paramilitary camps at Khatan village under Lohit district to check and minimize illegal activities of underground, Chakma and Hajong extremist elements.”
Besides the demand for enactment of a permanent land law for Arunachal Pradesh, the AAPSU sought establishment of police stations at all controversial boundary areas between Arunachal and Assam, and said it would submit a representation to the state government for strict monitoring of “infiltration” through the Dirak check gate in Namsai district.
It also took up major road communication issues of the state and informed that it would monitor the highway works to ensure their timely completion as per the guidelines of the road transport & highways ministry.
The AAPSU also demanded continuation of the work on the four-lane highway project in the capital within 10 days, adding that it would exert pressure for continuation of the eviction drive as per the prescribed norms.
During the union’s three-day federal assembly, which concluded on Saturday, AAPSU members also focused on the education sector, and demanded blacklisting of fake colleges, and listing colleges under the higher & technical education directorate on the priority list.
It also demanded renaming the law college in Jote as ‘Jarbom Gamlin Law College of Arunachal Pradesh’, besides seeking immediate appointment and posting of regular administrative officers at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) in Doimukh and Arunachal University in Pasighat.
The union also sought transfer and posting of regular principals, headmasters and subject teachers, based on the survey reports from the district student unions (DSU); immediate recruitment of teachers, as sanctioned in the state assembly by the government; proper demarcation of the boundaries of all government educational institutions; creation of various streams in the institutions, etc.
Other demands of the union and its federal units included rigorous persuasion with the central government regarding a water treaty between India and China, and “unconditional disposal of all the AAPSU activist pending cases.”
The federal assembly saw the participation of representatives of the DSUs, branch student unions, the RGU Students’ Union, the Arunachal Law Students’ Union, the North East Students’ Organisation, the Arunachal Students’ Union of Delhi, the Arunachal Students’ Union of Shillong, and other unions affiliated to the AAPSU.