Court directs APPSC to keep a post vacant for Chakma Candidates

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ITANAGAR, NOV 23: Giving a much needed boast to the aspirations of the Chakmas, the honourbale Guwahati Hight court on 20th Nov. ‘2017 has directed the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) to keep a post vacant for Chakma candidates.

Aggrieved Chakma candidates approached the honourable court after arbitrary deletion of their names from the list of candidates to appear for the preliminary round of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examinations (APPSCCE) to be held on 26 Nov. 2017.

The court also reiterated that, on consideration of the factual as well as legal issues involved in the case, the Chakma candidates whose candidature were deleted are entitled to appear in the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examinations on a date to be fixed in future, and in the interest of justice, till disposal of this writ writ proceeding, 1 (one) post of the total advertised posts, for which the APPSCCE (Preliminary) 2017 is being held, shall be kept unfilled to accommodate the Chakma candidates, if need arises.

The Additional Advocate General, Arunachal Pradesh, has submitted that unless the Chakma candidates prove themselves to be a Citizen of India, it would not be proper to allow them to sit in the examination as their citizenship, in the instant case is, in question.

However, it is to be learnt by many that there are two categories of Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh. First, the Chakmas who migrated to Arunachal Pradesh (then NEFA) in 1964-69 who are claiming citizenship of India under section 5 (1) (a) of Citizenship Act 1955 comprising barely ten percent and the rest are already citizens of India by virtue of being born in India under Section 3 of Citizenship Act 1955 as observed by the honourable court. Resultant to that more than 3000 Chakmas are voting in various elections since 2004 but other rights of being citizens is still being deprived of.

Clubbing both the cases would be unwarranted and pure ignorance.

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