Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy not accepted in total: Khandu

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HT Correspondent

ROING, Sept 2: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu, while making it clear he would never take any such decision which would undermine the secular character of the state, indicated his government has not accepted the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy in toto.

Referring to the recent cabinet decision to create the department of indigenous faith and cultural affairs (DIFCA), the chief minister said the objective of the department was purely to preserve indigenous tribal beliefs and traditions.

Speaking at a function organised to celebrate the Solung festival here on Friday, he said that his government would work neither in favour nor against the interest of any religion. On his government’s decision to implement the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy, 2014, Khandu said that several organisations had opposed the decision in media without seeking any clarification from the state government.

However, he made it clear that the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy was yet to be fully adopted in Arunachal due to issues pertaining to allotment of land and job. Khandu said that Arunachal would come up with its own rehabilitation policy. This will be done after consultation with all stakeholders like students and community bodies, he said

He said the state government will never give away any kind of rights to any refugee, which is detrimental to the interests of indigenous people of the state. Meanwhile, exhorting the people on importance of preservation of indigenous culture, the Chief Minister appealed to the people to speak in their own local dialects.

He particularly stressed on the importance of children learning their local dialect and to have understanding of their traditions and customs.The chief minister said this after joining the Adi community to celebrate the Solung festival here.

“I have four kids but I never bother to send them away to abroad or in other states for their studies. I want them to grow in our local environment so that they can be acquainted with their culture and dialect,” said the chief minister. It was Khandu’s maiden visit to Roing after assuming chief minister’s office.

The chief minister said Roing has a special place in his heart, as it was here where he had made his first public visit after he joined the government in 2011 as the WRD Minister. Responding to a memorandum submitted by the Dambuk MLA, Gum Tayeng, the Chief Minister assured to sanction a new building for Adi Gidi Notko within this financial year.

The chief minister assured the people that this will not be his last visit to Roing. He said he will make a bigger announcement for the people Roing in his next visit.

He also assured to take up the demand for setting up of a police station in Shantipur in the next sitting of the cabinet. He said, “If the police department desires a police station, it will be sanctioned.” Speaking on the potentials of Roing, the Chief Minister said the people here are blessed as they are gifted with flat cultivable land and good connectivity unlike people in remote mountainous areas.

Earlier on his arrival, the Chief Minister was accorded a warm reception at the helipad by hundreds of people from all walks of life. He was later warmly received at the venue of Solung celebration at Adi Gidi Notko by Adi ponung and Tapu war dance party.

The Chief Minister participated in the ‘taku tabat’ ritual performed for overall well-being of all living being. This was followed by inauguration of exhibition stall by the Chief Minister that had on display traditional items, handlooms etc. The Chief Minister released an audio Album ‘Rela Manam’ on the occasion.

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