New Delhi: A day after two people lost their lives in protests over Arunachal government’s proposal to grant permanent residence certificate (PRC) to six non-tribal communities, CM Pema Khandu said that the controversy over the issue is closed. He also urged people to cooperate with the government and end the protest which began on Saturday.Also Read - 7 of 19 Labourers Missing From Near Arunachal's China Border For 3 Weeks, Rescued
“I would like to appeal to all those protesting that their demand had already been accepted by govt on 22nd itself. PRC issue is closed. I request them not to hold protests and ‘dharna’ and cooperate with govt,” news agency ANI quoted the AP CM as saying. Also Read - Arunachal Pradesh: One More Death Caused By Landslides, Death Toll Rises To 18
He added,”I’ve given directives that a detailed investigation is essential. Govt’s stand over PRC is clear, in spite of that there were incidents of violence. I’ve formed a commissioner level investigating committee. It is necessary for the truth to come before public. We feel that there is somebody’s hands behind these incidents. Arunachal Pradesh is otherwise a peaceful state.” Also Read - Rhododendrons and Snow Leopards, Check Out These 5 Unexplored National Parks Of Himalayas
He also assured the people in Arunachal Pradesh that government will not take up the matter even in future.
“On the night of February 22, I had clarified through media&social media that govt won’t hold further discussions over this. Today also,an order has been issued via Chief Secy that we won’t take up PRC matter,” Khandu stated.
Yesterday, Minister of state Kiren Rijiju, who belongs to Arunachal Pradesh had also said that the state government has decided to not accept the recommendations of a high-level committee to grant permanent resident certificates to six communities, and blamed the Congress for “instigating” a section of people.
The controversy erupted after the Joint High Power Committee (JHPC), after holding parleys with the stakeholders, recommended granting PRCs to six communities, who are not natives of Arunachal Pradesh, but has been living in Namsai and Changlang districts for decades.
The proposals evoked resentment among several community-based groups and students’ organisations, who claimed that the rights and the interests of indigenous people would be compromised if the state government accepts them. The recommendation of the JHPC was supposed to be tabled in the Assembly on Saturday, but it did not happen as the speaker adjourned the House sine die.