Org seeks permanent solution to PRC issue

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, 29 June:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Students’ Union (AAPATSU) on Wednesday sought permanent solution to the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) issue of Changlang, Lohit and Namsai districts.

In a press conference held on Wednesday, AAPATSU president Langpu Apon Maru argued that the PRC issue of Changlang, Lohit and Namsai districts needs a logical solution. “Merely resolving not to take up the matter in legislative assembly is not a solution. AAPATSU has been demanding the state government for one-time permanent solution to PRC issue of six tribes of 48 Lekang ST assembly constituency,” said Apon Maru.

“Though the state government had adopted resolution in the assembly not to take up the matter in future after violence broke out in February 2019, it does not resolve the matter permanently,” Maru added.

Further, AAPATSU squarely blamed

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein for the vexed issue alleging that PRC issue is the handiwork of the DCM. However, the union could not substantiate their claims.

The union has demanded for removal of the DCM from the council of ministers and has submitted a representation to the Chief Minister seeking his removal.

Union also claimed that DCM and local MLAs of Namsai district are indulging in vote bank politics by compromising with migrants from Assam.

The union later threatened to launch phase-wise democratic movements if their demands are not fulfilled.

In order to seek permanent solution to the vexed issue, the successive state governments had constituted three high power committees- Jarbom Gamlin Committee in 2008, Takam Sanjoy Committee in 2017 and Nabam Rebia Committee in 2018.

All three committees had recommended for issuance of PRC to Non-APST residents who have been residing in Lohit, Changlang and Namsai districts prior to 1968. However, all three committees had stated that even if they get PRC, they would not be entitled to any rights as given to the members of the APST.

The committees had also suggested a detailed family dossier of those people eligible for PRC and maintenance of records.