The Chakma people of Arunachal Pradesh strongly oppose and condemn any move to move to Chakma-Hazong
Guwahati: Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh expressed deep concern and disappointment over the government’s plan to transfer them from Arunachal Pradesh, saying that they were labelled as “refugees” and “injured” after recovering in 57 years. . They said they would oppose any move to transfer them from Arunachal Pradesh. They said that “over 90%” of Chakmas-Hajongs are Indian citizens, “because they were born here, except for NEFA/Arunachal Pradesh. “.
The Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Gaonburah (Village Chief) Association and the Chakma Rights and Development Organization (CRDO) responded to these remarks in a separate statement, asserting that the Chakma people of Arunachal Pradesh strongly oppose and condemn any relocation of Chakmas -Hajongs’ actions, Pema Kandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
CRDO Chairman Mahendra Chakma believes that Chakma and Hajong did not come to NEFA by themselves. “They were brought by the Indian government, traversed 1,200 kilometers from the Chittagong mountain area, and were repaired at the Northeast Frontier Agency (NEFA) at the time. According to the’clear repair plan’ supported by the central government, the agency later became the Arab Republic. In Nunachal Pradesh, after a series of discussions among representatives of the central government, state administration and local tribal leaders,” he said.
CRDO also held a virtual meeting with all Chakma stakeholders who expressed serious concerns about development. “They admit that the Chakma people of Arunachal Pradesh face an uncertain and fragile future,” he said.
Chakmas are Buddhists who fled the Chittagong Mountains of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) after being displaced by the Haider Power Project, while Hajong is a Hindu who left East Pakistan due to religious persecution. They entered India between 1964 and 1969, and the population of Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh is approximately 65,875.
Chief Minister Kandu said in his speech on Independence Day: “The state government and the federal government are working hard to focus on solving the long-outstanding Chakma-Hazong issue in Arunachal Pradesh. There will be results in this regard. In the days to come. All illegal immigrants Chakmas will honorably move to settle outside Arunachal Pradesh. This matter has been discussed with the Federal Minister of the Interior Amit Shah.”
He pointed out that although many people are happy that the government is working to solve the troublesome Chakma problem, he said that they are equally worried and worried about their future relocation plans.
CRDO General Secretary Mr. Anton Chakma told them that the ancestors of the community had suffered long enough due to the zoning and the Kaptai Dam. He said: “This is unacceptable for us and will oppose any removal of the settled Chakmas by the roots. The actions of Arunachal Pradesh. State. After 57 years of rehabilitation training, we were called “refugees” by the Chief Minister himself, which hurt us deeply. A long time ago, before being resettled to NEFA. At the point in time, we were’refugees’, but now we are like any other citizen of the country.”
“CRDO, on behalf of the Chakma people in Arunachal Pradesh, strongly opposes and condemns the relocation of Chakmas-Hajongs out of the state. More than 90% of these people are citizens of the place of birth because they were born here, except for NEFA/Arunachal I don’t know of any other home country outside of Pradesh,” he said.
He also demanded, “The government should not accept Chakmas on the grounds that Arunachal Pradesh is a tribal country, because Chakmas is also a tribal community, which is most worthy of obtaining ST status in the state, and must be recognized as positive by other states. .”
Chakmas are currently distributed in the three areas of Papum Pare, Namsai and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the 2001 Chakma Census Report in Tripura, its population was 61,793, while in Mizoram, its population is estimated to exceed 100,000 (according to the 2011 Census, 96,972).