All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has strongly opposed the demand put in by Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) to state government for recognizing Mishing tribe as Adi/Abor.
In a release AAPSU President Takam Tatung stated that Mishing has already got ST status in Assam and therefore question of granting them ST status in Arunachal does not arise.
“If we talk of linguistic similarities, there are many tribes in China and Myanmar who speak same language like some tribes of Arunachal. Does that mean we go and seek Chinese and Myanmarese citizenship? ABK should concentrate more in working for the welfare of Adi communities. There are many problems plaguing the community at the moment,” AAPSU stated in a release.
Further union said that as per Constitution no tribe can avail ST status in two different states.
AAPSU also expressed serious concern over reports of rampant issuing of Indian passport to Tibetan refugees in West Kameng and Tawang districts.
While calling on authorities to check such malpractice, union urged district administrations to carry out operation to identify exact population and address of Tibetans. Further, AAPSU called for cancellation for ST status given to 90 Tibetan refugee families in Shyo village of Tawang and said it was done only for political gain by some politicians of Tawang.
“Most of the Tibetans living in Tawang and West Kameng districts are coaxing authorities claiming that they are local tribal. They have been actively supporting their countrymen in Tibet by various means. If their activities are not checked, they may pose serious threat to national security,” said Tatung.
Meanwhile, AAPSU once again highlighting the law and order problem in the state capital, advocated for deploying more number of police force in the streets of capital so that sense of security prevails.
“Govt always complains about inadequate police force. However it is just an excuse. Most of the police force has been put for VIP security. Govt should trim the security provided to VIPs and some of them should be used for providing security to ordinary citizens. Life of ordinary citizens is as important as that of VIPs,” added Takam Tatung.
Source: The Arunachal Times, April 28,2012