Arunachal Group Demands Deportation of Tibetans to Refugee Camps

Since the implementation of Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 coined by the Central Government of India for the welfare of around hundred thousand Tibetan refugees living in the country, some non governmental organizations such as students unions have been protesting the move in Arunachal Pradesh demanding deportation of Tibetans to refugee camps in the state.

The Students’ United Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) in a latest move have submitted a memorandum to the West Kameng deputy commissioner on Monday demanding the rollback of Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 from the state and threatened that a movement will be carried out if their demands are not met in three days.

“The other demands of the organization include cancellation of the PR/ST certificates issued illegally to Tibetan refugees; surrender of trading licences obtained by Tibetan refugees; a written undertaking from the Central Tibetan Administration not to claim Indian citizenship and STC/PRC in Arunachal Pradesh; and deportation of Tibetan refugees to the demarcated camps.” said the report in Arunachal Times on Monday.

Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP) 2014 amended by the Central government of India to provide a uniform policy to all the Tibetan refugees in various states of the country was adopted by other states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka. The government of Arunachal Pradesh also proposed to implement the TRP 2014 on August 12 last year.

Following several protests against the implementation of the policy in Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu assured that the Tibetan policy would not hamper the state interest or the interests of local people. The CM also requested cooperation from all the stakeholders especially the youth for the interest of the state.

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