Diyun, 03/01/2018: Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) on Chakma-Hajong issue once again proved to be a ‘lifesaver‘ for AAPSU and Arunachal Pradesh State Government as they have succeeded in reviving the defunct JHPC.
As per notification of the government, the fourth meeting of JHPC is scheduled to be held on 4th Jan ‘2017 in Conference Room No. 123, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.
It is tragic and beyond rationale to revive JHPC at this juncture when Supreme Court is at seize of the matter. It is even stranger to observe how SC thrown the ball in AAPSU and State’s Court on 12/12/2017 after reprimanding them on 11/07/2017 for not doing enough to complete the process of conferment of Citizenship to Chakmas.
On 11/07/2017, SC directed the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh to finalize all the pending cases related to conferment of Citizenship to the Chakmas within five months and also order the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh to remain present in person in the court on every date of listing of the matter.
But again on 12/12/2017, the SC throws the ball back in the court of AP government and directed the Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority to examine the controversy between parties arising out of implementation of the court order. It further says that Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority will consider the stand of the government as well as the stand of the petitioner (CCRCHAP) and he will give appropriate directions in the matter and complete the proceedings within 45 days.
And now JHPC is revived which will only stall the vexed issue for indefinite period and Chakmas will persist and continue to live in deprivation.
It is ‘advantage point’ AAPSU and State Government. The moot question is how did CCRCHAP let the ball slip from its hand in the legal battle?
Is the match fixed?