Tibetans in Arunachal Pradesh state in northeast India are facing the wrath of the local people, who demand that they forfeit the facilities they have been given.
The Student Union Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) in a press conference on Tuesday accused the state government of adopting an anti-tribal policy, and asked them to immediately cancel all facilities provided to them under the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP).
“The state cabinet’s decision to adopt TRP 2014 is a matter of great
concern. It is sad to see that the state government focussing on the
welfare of the refugees while neglecting important issues of the state,”
SUMAA Vice President Kaling Moyong said,
the Sentinel reported.
Mayong said that the decision was taken without the consent of the indigenous people. “We will never allow or accept foreigners, Chakma-Hajongs or Tibetans, ruling the land of the indigenous people.”
He feared that the policy may adversely affect the rights of the indigenous communities in the near future.
“Once TRP 2014 is implemented, all the benefits such as MGNREGA, PDS, Indira Awas Yojana, and National Rural Health Mission provided by the Centre to our people will be snatched away by the refugees, which will disturb the state’s ethnic balance.”
Mayong demanded that all district administration heads conduct a survey to identify all Tibetans living in areas under their jurisdiction, and immediately cancel all facilities provided to them under the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP).
He also asked the state government for immediate cancellation of schedule tribe (ST) status of those who obtained it illegally.
Moyong also said Tibetans are the only refugees in the world enjoying so many privileges compared to other refugees under United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other groups.
Arunachal Pradesh adopted the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy, which was formalised by the Central Government of India in 2014 in, August.
The state has the fourth largest number of Tibetans in India, with four settlements in Tezu, Miao, Tuting, and Tenzingang, with about 7,000 Tibetans there. There are about 90,000 Tibetans living in India altogether.
Posters asking Tibetans to leave have appeared in the past.