AAPSU for 'genuine' workers only

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) will only allow those labourers from Assam who have their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to work in Arunachal Pradesh.

By RAJIV KONWAR in Guwahati
  • Published 24.07.18
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File picture of an AAPSU protest in Itanagar

Guwahati: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) will only allow those labourers from Assam who have their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to work in Arunachal Pradesh.

The complete draft of the NRC will be published on July 30.

The influential students' union held its central executive meeting at its head-office at NEFA Club building in Itanagar on Sunday. The meeting, chaired by its general secretary Tobom Dai, discussed the update of the NRC in Assam and the problem of illegal migrants in Arunachal.

"The meeting discussed the Inner Line Permit enforced in the state and the probable illegal infiltration in the state because of the NRC update in Assam. The executives decided that only those labourers from Assam who will have their names in the NRC will be allowed to enter and work in Arunachal Pradesh," AAPSU deputy spokesperson Nepha Wangsa said.

He said the union would discuss the matter with the state government, legal experts and concerned stakeholders and execute their decision.

He said AAPSU has decided to free the state of illegal migrants within a period of six to 12 months. "There are many illegal migrants in Arunachal. We assume the number is around 25,000 in Itanagar alone. They work as cheap labourers in various sectors like construction," Wangsa said.

The executive meeting also decided to monitor the supply of textbooks to different districts to ensure that adequate books reach every school.

The regional production-cum-distribution centre of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in Guwahati last month had assured an AAPSU delegation that the process of distributing textbooks to government schools of the state would be completed by July 15.

"The meeting also opined that teachers should be relieved of their non-teaching activities so that they can concentrate on education alone," Wangsa said.