Association comes in support of Mishings
ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Mishings are permanent inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh and they have every right to demand recognition as Adis, said All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) after it conducted a six days field study on the socio-economic status and geographical location of the Mishing dominated 34 villages in East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts recently.
As per historical evidence the Mishings who are residing in Arunachal permanently since the NEFA days are indigenous tribal of the state, the Association said while adding that Mishings people believe that they are the descendent of Abo-Tani clan and practicing Donyi-Poloism. The dialect, tradition and culture of Mishings bear the similarity with that of Adis, it said.
There is no boundary problem in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in Mishing populated districts like East, Lower Dibang valley and Lohit districts, the Association claimed. It also ruled out influx of Mishing people from Assam in Arunachal Pradesh saying that the Mishing people of Arunachal are equipped with concrete evidence and document as permanent residents of the state.
Land possession certificates, appointments of gaon burahs, representatives in Panchayat bodies, ST certificates are some of the evidences that Mishing are permanent inhabitants of the state, the Association said while justifying the demand of Mishing people.
The Association appealed to the state Govt and social organizations to consider the ‘matured, logical and genuine’ demand of the Mishing for Adi status. The Association said it has submitted memorandum to state Govt, governor, chief secretary, MPs of Eastern and Western parliamentary constituencies in favour of the