Will the Chakma and Hajong people of Arunachal Pradesh be relocated to Assam? What does the Independence Day speech by Arunachal Pradesh CM Prema Khandu reflect? Does union Minister Kiren Rijiju (from Arunachal Pradesh) warn the groups to move from the state?
In a statement, the Chakma Rights and Development Organisation (CRDO) expressed concern over such questions on Monday. The organisation also submitted its memorandums to PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, RRS chief Mohan Bhagat, Assam CM Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Arunachal Pradesh CM Prema Khandu.
The Memorandum stated that Arunachal Pradesh CM Prema Khandu had mentioned that Chakmas and Hajongs of the state will be settled outside the State. It also said that Union law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju also stated in public meetings during his recent Jan Ashirwad Yatra rally that people of Chakma and Hajong communities have to leave the state.
“This has disturbed communal harmony, created enmity against the Chakmas and Hajongs, and also fear in the minds of Chakmas and Hajongs as to whether there is rule of law in this country or not,” the memorandum said.
The CDFI claimed that the proposal is nothing but an act of racial profiling of the Chakmas and Hajongs.
It stated that the Chakma and Hajong people were brought by the Government of India from Chittagong Hill Tracts (now in Bangladesh) 1,200 km away from 1964-68 and rehabilitated in the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) that became Arunachal Pradesh later on. The rehabilitation was under a centrally-sponsored plan following a series of discussions between the representatives of the Central government, the NEFA administration and local tribal leaders, it added.
The CRDO also stated that despite two Supreme Court orders in 1996 and 2015, not a single one of the nearly 15,000 Chakmas/Hajongs who migrated in 1964 has been granted Indian citizenship. It mentioned that descendants of those migrants who are citizens of India by birth have not been included in voter lists in Arunachal.
“This is nothing but an act of racial profiling of the Chakmas and Hajongs. This is proven from a number of actions of the State government, which granted citizenship to the Lisus/Youbins who migrated to Arunachal Pradesh in the 1960s en masse through a notification on January 18, 1994,” CDFI leader Suhas Chakma said.
As per the 2011 census, there are 47,471 Chakmas and Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh.
The CRDO further said the as per the proposal of the Arunachal Government the members of both the communities may relocate to Assam. If so, Assam will be dumping ground for all unwanted communities in the states covered by Inner Line Permit and Six Schedule areas.