ITANAGAR, SEP 3: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Friday served seven days ultimatum to Social Justice & Empowerment & Tribal Affairs (SJETA) Secretary Niharika Rai for publishing the proposed draft in the Offspring issue.
Addressing media persons here at the Press Club, AAPSU President Hawa Bagang said, “It is such a shame that SJETA took two years for framing a single draft in the matter of the Offspring, Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (APST) mother and non-APST father enjoying ST benefits in the state”.
The delay in publishing a basic draft proposal, even after several sittings and verbal pleadings reflects the non-serious attitude of the concerned department which shows that unless a pressure is build, no work is done by the government officials, he added
He also said that it is heard that an “Off-spring association” has submitted a letter to Secretary SEJTA Niharika Rai for intrusion in framing the draft.
“Many non-APST offspring who are born and settled in the state might claim themselves as Arunachalee in coming years which is a threat to the indigenous people of the state, and its culture, language and land”, said Bagang, adding anything against the state interest, AAPSU will take serious action for which the concern authority will be held responsible.
Bagang claimed that the union has list of eighty non-APST offspring owing APST certificate and enjoying the benefits in the state, when asked regarding the data of non-APST Offspring settled in the state
Accordingly, he warned those officers responsible for handing APST certificates to non-APST offspring to be punished as per law.
“We have served seven days as she had promised to publish the draft within the same time period, and if the concern authority fails to publish the proposed draft with seven days, the union will go beyond any democratic movements”, said AAPSU President