JHPC report to be ready in two weeks, says Rebia

Staff reporter
ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The draft report of the joint high power committee (JHPC) on permanent resident certificate (PRC) will be ready within the next two weeks and, after a final sitting, will be placed before the state assembly in the coming budget session, said JHPC chairman and senior cabinet minister Nabam Rebia on Thursday.
Speaking to media persons, Rebia said the 7th meeting of the JHPC, at the state banquet hall here, on Wednesday saw the participation of several members, including RWD Minister Bamang Felix, MP Ninong Ering, People’s Party of Arunachal chairman Kameng Ringu, the additional advocate general, the deputy commissioners of Lohit, Namsai and Changlang, and representatives of student unions.
“As per the decision taken in the meeting, the draft report will be circulated to the members, and after that there will be a final meeting of the committee,” Rebia said.
He said the JHPC “has taken strong exception” to the economic blockade imposed against the state in some parts of Assam adjoining Arunachal over the PRC issue.
“This is an internal matter of the state and outsiders should not interfere,” Rebia said, adding that the state government and the JHPC are working seriously to resolve the PRC issue.
When asked about the ongoing protest by various organisations over the PRC issue, Rebia said “everyone has the right to protest in a democracy.
“However,” he said, “until the committee concludes the whole exercise, people should not make their own conclusions and try to mislead the masses.”
He said the JHPC members travelled across the state to seek the opinion of every stakeholder, “so that a solution to the PRC issue is reached at the earliest.”