ATDSU seeks probe into dual status of Tibetan refugees


By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR | May 30 | The All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU) today demanded the GoAP to constitute a committee to for verification of those Tibetan refugees in Tawang district who are availing benefits of both ST certificate and refugee cards.

The ATDSU, which is spearheading ongoing Operation Clean Drive in Tawang, claimed that there are many families in the district who are availing benefits of having an ST certificate and refugee cards.

“Tawang is in danger from outsiders. Indigenous rights are in danger,” said Operation Clean Drive chairman Pema Tsering while addressing press persons at Arunachal Press Club here.

Stressing the need for a committee for verification of dual beneficiaries, he said that as per the official records there are 199 refugee card holders in the district. But with many inclusions since the directives issued by the GoAP in 2002 their number now stood more than 1000 individuals now.

The GoAP then had issued a directive to the GBs of Shyo village in Tawang to issue ST certificates on the basis of genealogical tree prepared on the basis of an agreement made in 1936. Accordingly, 90 families were issued ST certificates, he claimed.

Tsering further claimed that the family of three APSC aspirants from Tawang, namely Dr Sonam Tsomu, Dr Sonam Dolma and Dr Pema Dolma, who were selected for MO (Allopathy) in recent APPSC examination under the ST quota, don’t have any mention in the list of 90 families. Thus their ST status is questionable.

Demanding immediate cancellation of their candidature after proper verification, he informed that they have written to the APPSC in this regard and the commission has asked Tawang DC to verify the claims.

Meanwhile, the ATDSU also sought GoAP actions against all the private building which are constructed after encroaching the Govt lands and quarters in the district while Tsering claimed that there are more than 80 buildings which were constructed after encroaching the Govt land and quarters.

Claiming discrepancies in issuing land allotment, he claimed that there are two instances of land allotments made to private individuals who have constructed buildings near Children Park and only two meters away from a Govt quarter. Informing that since 1992, no Govt land is allotted to any individual in the district, he demanded immediate cancellation of allotments of which one is for regularization and another is an extension of the land allotment.

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