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Stop benefits to offspring of non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe men: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union

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Apex students’ body sets deadline for Arunachal Pradesh government

The apex students’ body of Arunachal Pradesh has set the Pema Khandu government a 30-day deadline from Tuesday to identify the offspring of tribals from outside the State who have been availing benefits of Scheduled Tribe communities.

Arunachal Pradesh has been grappling with the issue of the offspring of non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (non-APST) men “enjoying all the rights” meant for the wards of tribal couples indigenous to the State.

“The interest of our State’s indigenous people comes first. Our union has in consultation with various community-based organisations decided to make the government arrive at a solution to this long-drawn issue,” All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Hawa Bagang said.

He said neither the students’ body nor the indigenous people were against anyone who has come from outside the State. “But we don’t want others to cut into the rights and benefits that the APSTs should enjoy,” he added.

The AAPSU leaders said there had been numerous reports of the offspring of non-Arunachal tribal men obtaining APST certificates through dubious means. It has asked such people to voluntarily surrender their ST and permanent residence certificates.

‘Stringent law needed’

Mr. Bagang underscored the need for a stringent “offspring law” and asked the State government to adopt such legislation in the next Assembly session.

The union has also asked the district authorities to desist from issuing ST certificates to people of “non-indigenous descent” and demanded punishment for any official found issuing documents fraudulently.

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