AITF & AAPSU oppose autonomous councils

  • Panel to convey views to CM: Mein

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Of the numerous community based organizations (CBOs) and students’ unions which took part in a consultative meeting on ‘Constitutional safeguards of rights of indigenous people’ at Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre here on Thursday, All Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) out rightly object move for Mon and Patkai Autonomous Councils.

AITF vice president Getam Borang said that “No division of Arunachal Pradesh and the Govt should first make the state inclusive” was conscientious decision of CBO representatives in a meeting convened by AITF this month.

Pointing that this proposal was passed long ago by state assembly, he urged the GoAP to pursue for constitutional amendment of Article 371h by inserting provisions contained in 371 (A) and 371 (g) of the Constitution. This is a public platform involving all CBOs which may bring amicable solution, he added.

Hinting that autonomous council is not possible, why then demand Patkai or Mon, which was opposed by AAPSU right from day-1 in 2003 when it had surfaced, its president Hawa Bangang said.

“After Assembly had passed it, have you got till today even after several years have passed? You may demand for development but ‘Arunachal ko cher chad nehi karna,” he said, adding “AAPSU will never compromise on policy matter, If you talk of breaking the state, we have the courage to make you right”.

“On what basis you are demanding Mon (Bomdilla & Tawang) and Patkai (Tirap, Changlang & Longding) in which way you feel that you are deprived? Don’t dream of autonomous council, it will not happen. AAPSU stand from day one we will never let it happen,” he reiterated.

“We have right on land, water and air but despite that we feel like chowkidar mera kuch right nahi hein. ….I request chairman to constitute a strong high power committee. Our right should be given first. For developing highway and hydro power we have to take permission from Delhi as all rights are with Delhi which is very unfortunate,” he said \.

“Whether to give 6th Schedule or not it is not important for AAPSU but we have to get our constitutional right. Just include our right whether it is land, water & air by replacing Article in 371H. I request GoAP if you don’t ban autonomous today,” he added.

PRO Adds: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, in his presidential address, said that the meeting aimed at giving a bigger platform to state people for transparent discussion. “We are here to take note of the views expressed by one and all and to report to the chief minister, he said.

The Mein headed committee included cabinet ministers Bamang Felix, Alo Libang, Tumke Bagra, Mama Natung, Tage Taki, Taba Tedir and Nakap Nalo as members and home commissioner Kaling Tayeng as member-secretary.

Senior additional advocate general Kardak Ete through a powerpoint highlighted constitutional provisions of Arunachal Pradesh under Article 371 (H) and other related articles/acts in the constitution.

The participants included All Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF), Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, Wancho Council, Nocte Chief Council, Nocte Welfare Forum (NWF), Tangsa Literature & Cultural Development Society(TLCDS), All Tutsa Welfare Society( ATWS), Tai Khamti-Singpho Council (TKSC), Mishmi Welfare Society (MWS), Kamba Welfare Society (KWS), Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), Galo Welfare Society (GWS), Tagin Cultural Society (TGS), Tanw Supun-Dukun (TSD), All Nyishi Student’ Union (ANSU), Sajolang Elite Society (SES), Aka Elite Society (AES), All Bogun-Khowa Society (ABKS), Sherdukpen Employees Welfare Association (SEWA), Sartang Welfare Society (SWS) and Monpa Mimang Tshokpa (MMT) submitted their views either in oral or written form.

GHCIPBBA takes exception to SAG Ete’s action

Meanwhile, the Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench Bar Association (GHCIPBBA), in its extra ordinary meeting chaired by its president Tayum Son here on Wednesday, deliberated on decision of CM to constitute a team headed by DyCM and a legal team headed by state’s senior advocate general (SAG)  Kradak Ete and their proposed meeting at D K Hall to discuss on issues relating to “constitutional safeguards for indigenous people of the state”.

Wondering at the wisdom of the GoAP to ignore the GHCIPBBA by not inviting it to attend the said meeting, the meeting resolved that the legal expert team headed by SAG Ete has no sanction of the GHCIPBBA for not consulting it. Therefore, the opinion whatever would be personal and GHCIPBBA shall not be accountable to their views,”

The resolutions, signed by Tayum Son, took serious exception to Ete’s conduct for not consulting the GHCIPBBA and authorized the executive committee to initiate disciplinary action against him.  The resolution copy was also sent to Chief Justices of Supreme Court of India and Gauhati High Court, Bar Council of India chairman NEwd Delhi & Gauahati, state’s governor, CM & DyCM, among others.

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