-The Adi Bane Kebang (ABK), which has raised the demand to recognise the Mishings of Arunachal Pradesh as Adis has clarified its stand and requested All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and other unions to appreciate the demand.
Clarifying its stand, the ABK functionaries today said that their demand is restricted to the Mishings of Arunachal Pardesh only and not for those living in Assam or other states.
The Mishing people, who have been living inside the territory of Arunachal since time immemorial, are still deprived.
The Mishings of Assam have been granted scheduled tribe status in that state, but about 16,000 “Indigenous Arunachal Mishing” have neither been granted scheduled tribe status in Arunachal, nor given any opportunity in the state of Assam, ABK said.
The Kebang reminded the AAPSU leaders that representatives of the apex students’ body visited many Mishing villages in East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley in 2006 and took stock of the situation of the Mishings. “The ABK, considering the sufferings of the indigenous Mishing people, who are related to Adis genealogically, socially, culturally and ethnically, demanded the government to recognise them as Adis as per provisions provided in Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Order (Amendment) Act, 2002”, it said in the written statement.
Source: The Arunachal Times, April 29,2012