Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki has finally agreed to create a separate department for dealing with the Chakma- Hajong crisis, but is still not in favour of the SC verdict recommending citizenship status to the refugees. This decision has come after the Chief Minister convened a meeting with the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) to discuss the burning refugee issue.
In response to the memorandum submitted by AAPSU, Tuki has finally agreed to create a nodal agency or a separate department for refugees; also the department may be clubbed together with the Department of Border Affairs. ‘The process of granting citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees have not been discussed in the State cabinet yet; it is likely to be discussed in the next cabinet meeting,’ he further stated.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Tanga Byaling has expressed his displeasure over the SC verdict recommending citizenship status to Chakma-Hajong refugees and its dismissal of the review petition filed by the State government.
‘Even though the Supreme Court verdict was not in our favour, the State Government will give protection to the indigenous communities with other legal and customary laws.
Replying to legal parameters of the Supreme Court, Ranji Thomas, Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh said that though the review petition has been dismissed, this was not the end of the road. ‘We still have legal provisions, so we are quite hopeful that the apex court of the nation will deliver justice to the people of Arunachal Pradesh,’ he further pointed out.