SEIJUSA, (Assam-Arunachal border), Jan 20 - Arunachal Pradesh Government will support the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). This was clearly expressed today before the media by State Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
He was attending the closing function of the three-day ‘Pakey-Paga’ (Hornbill Festival) held here along the Assam-Arunachal border in Sonitpur district. “I am sure it will not harm us as we are safe from any kind of infiltrators because of the operation of the Inner Line Permit mechanism”, he contended.
“Some people with vested interest are opposing the Bill and misinterpreting it to create confusion among the people saying it will put a negative impact upon us. This is not true; rather it will help us in rebuilding a balanced demography in the region”, the CM said.
Describing the present day scenario of the hill State, he said that the development witnessed during the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government was never seen during the Congress regime.
“Union Ministers come to Arunachal Pradesh to understand our will and woe, but during the Congress regime Ministers from Centre coming on visit to North East were seen going back from Guwahati,” he said. He also mentioned that in the current year the Central Government has sanctioned an allocation of Rs 50,000 crore for the development of the road communication of the State most of which has been utilised.
Digboi Correspondent adds: Meanwhile, Regional committees of All Moran Student Union (AMSU) in association with its Lekang unit in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh have launched an indefinite economic blockade at Assam-Arunachal border locations including the Kakopather-Namsai road on NH 52 and Bordumsa demanding scrapping of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and conferring Permanent Residential Certificate to indigenous people of Lekang Circle in Namsai district.
The agitation has severely affected the movement of commercial vehicles including transportation of oil, domestic gas, other goods and commodities. “We are restricting the movement of commercial vehicles from Tinsukia to ensure that the supply of goods and commodities is totally disrupted”, said Bihudhar Moran, president of AMSU Lekang Regional Committee.
Manoj Kumar Moran, general secretary AMSU, Lekang also lambasted the failure of the Arunachal Government in conferring the long promised PRC to the bonafide Moran residents of Lekang Circle in Namsai district.
However, Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein said that the government is serious about the issue and expecting a report from the Joint High Power Committee within January. “We have assured earlier that after the receipt of final report of the JHPC on PRC-related matter, the government would favourably consider it.”