4th Nov 2017: The Chakma National Council of India, the apex organisation spearheading the rights of the Chakmas in India termed the recent decision of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APSCC) to illegally remove the candidatures of 4 eligible Chakma candidates as the highest form of racial discrimination and gross violation of human rights against the Chakma aspirants. Under no circumstances, the 4 Chakma eligible candidates could be barred or deprived of competing in the Arunachal Pradesh Service Combined Competitive Examinations (APPSCCE), 2017, as they are Indian citizen by all means and by birth. APPSC has issued an order today to delete and remove the names and candidatures of four Chakma applicants, who had reportedly qualified to appear for the preliminary round of the (APPSCCE), 2017.
Dangu Nirupam Chakma, a former 2 times cabinet minister in Mizoram Legislative Assembly and President of CNCI National Committee asserted that “CNCI will be compelled to approach the court of law if this gross injustice to the Chakmas persists”. He says “Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 886/2000 ruled that the Chakmas born in India (Arunachal Pradesh) are citizens by birth under Section 3(1)(a) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and therefore the illegal removal of names of Chakma candidatures from the list of APPSCCE on the ground that their citizenship status is under consideration, is a blatant violation of rule of law and a deliberate attempt to keep the Chakma youths in a state of misery”.
Dangu Sanatan Talukdar(IFS), Ex-Principal Chief Conservator of Forest with the Govt of Tripura and President of CNCI Tripura State Committee has also questioned the integrity of APSCC. “APSCC is expected to adhere to the highest Rule of Law and observe established democratic values which have the provisions for protection, dignity, equality without any prejudice or bias. It is a pity that an otherwise honorable authority like APSCC seems to operate based on the whimsical mercy of a student’s Union like AAPSU”. The whole country is looking at Arunachal at the way the Chakmas are being discriminated”
“All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) should stop selfishly fanning baseless hatred towards the innocent Chakma community by means of irrational rhetoric and hate-mongering against a helpless and deprived community”, said Dangu Sambhu Dhan Chakma, President of CNCI Assam state committee.
CNCI national Vice President, Dangu Prahlad Chakma has said that the Pema Khandu Govt is already exposed as weak and incapable of taking a firm and ethical stand on the whole Chakma issue. The way that the govt machinery succumbs to the pressure of the nativist outfit like the AAPSU shows that Pema Khandu led government has no character and courage that BJP shows at the center.
Chakma National Council of India demand APSCC to revoke its order and reinstate the legitimate candidature of the 4 Chakma candidates and allow them to take the state civil service exam. The APCSS illegal order is not sustainable in the court and therefore it should not make a mockery of this great institution because of the pressure and unjust diktat from a communal student outfit. CNCI also urged the government to take necessary action for the enforcement of the Supreme Court order and tell outfits such as the AAPSU in clear terms that it will not allow the rule of law to be violated and disrupted by coercion.