Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet
on Wednesday decided to revoke its recent order on granting permanent
resident certificate (PRC) to non-Arunachalees residing
in the state.
"The Cabinet had decided to revoke the order honouring
the public resentment on the issue", Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu told a press conference here today.
Khandu said, prior to the Cabinet meeting he had
convened a Congress Legislature Party meeting, where it was
unanimously decided to revoke the order in the backdrop of the
recent protest made by various students` unions.
Khandu said, the decision was taken on humanitarian
ground in favour of non-Arunachalees residing in the state
with permanent land holdings and was not intended at providing
them APST (Arunachal Pradesh State Tribal) status but enable
them to get education and job benefits in rest of the country.
"The cabinet sub committee constituted by the state
government on the issue had recommended for granting PRCs to
those non-Arunachalees who came to the state before 1968",
The issue had recently snowballed into a major crisis
in the state with various students` organisations spearheaded
by All Arunachal Pradesh Students` Union (AAPSU) protesting
tooth and nail and resorting to a series of mass movement.
According to the agitating organisations, granting of
PRC to non-Arunachalees would jeopardise the very existence of
the indignous tribal population of the state.