Union Minister of State
for Home Kiren Rijiju on October 5 said that the Union Government never declared
citizenship for the Chakma-Hajong refugees, an issue which led to widespread
protests in the state last month, reports The Telegraph. Rijiju, according
to the Chief Minister's Office, said the Centre had "never declared to
give" citizenship to the Chakma-Hajong refugees. "It is only in
the media where it appeared that the Centre is according citizenship. The
state's leadership had, in a recent meeting with the Union home ministry,
vehemently denied any concession to the Chakma-Hajongs. The state government
declared never to compromise with the constitutional rights and protection
given to the indigenous people of Arunachal," the CMO said, quoting Rijiju.
He also spoke on the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy, another contentious issue,
asserting Tibetans settled in that state were not seeking citizenship.