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PRC issue to be examined only after panel report: Arunachal govt

 

GUWAHATI: The Arunachal Pradesh government has said it would examine the issue of permanent resident certificate (PRC) to non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes only after receiving the report from the joint high-power committee (JHPC) to be further taken to the Cabinet for appropriate decision.

 

 A statement issued on Thursday by government spokesperson, Bamang Felix, said, “In no given point of time will the government take a decision which will be against the interest of the indigenous people and the state which has been amply reiterated by chief minister and deputy chief minister in various forums and occasions.”

 

 The government, the statement said, would ensure that any decision would be arrived at only on the recommendation of JHPC, and PRC if so issued, will be done without compromising on any of the indigenous rights of the people of the state.

 

The statement further said that the JHPC was still in the process of conducting consultative meetings with all stakeholders in various locations of the state.

 

 The JHPC led by environment and forest minister, Nabam Rebia, comprises senior ministers, members of Parliament, commissioner and joint secretary (home), members of students’ organisations and community based organisations.

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