The curse of Article 371 (H) on Arunachal!

Madam,

Arunachal is under Article 371 (H) of the Constitution, which doesn’t clearly state about the ownership of the resources of the state. Unlike Arunachal, most North Eastern states are under Articles 371 (A) or (G) and/or Sixth Schedule. But what does being under Article 371 (H) instead of Articles 371 (A) or (G) and/or Sixth Schedule mean for Arunachal? It means that since we Arunachalis are not recognised in the Constitution as actual owners of our resources, the government can sell our resources (land, rivers, etc) to corporations without our permission, or even knowledge the way they did in the past.

Unlike Arunachal, in the other Northeastern states which are under Articles 371 (A) or (G) and/or Sixth Schedule, the Constitution recognises and acknowledges the fact that the resources of those states are owned by the indigenous people and that they have absolute right over the resources.

We, People’s Party of Arunachal, are at present a ‘small’ party, but we will fight tooth and nail for the inclusion of our state under Sixth Schedule and Articles 371 (A) or (G) so that no government can sell our resources without our knowledge or permission.

Since the future of our state is at stake, every political party should make the next election issue based. All candidates, irrespective of party affiliations, should raise their voice and demand inclusion of our state under Sixth Schedule and Articles 371 (A) or (G) so that the Constitution recognises our ownership over resources of Arunachal Pradesh like the rest of Northeastern states.

Yours’

Kaling Jerang

Secretary General

PPA

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