Basically ZERO! No concrete progresses; only promises and attempts. Below are some initiatives:
- An almost-rally: Towards the end of 2012, our YTWC leaders started to mobilize a rally to demand restoration of Scheduled Tribe status. Meetings were held in Shidi and other villages. Some funds were collected. Our leaders visited some key leaders in Changlang District. Appointments to visit ministers in Itanagar began planning. The whole movement was gearing toward a highly organized rally in December 2012 and I was hoping to join that. But all of sudden that dropped dead. No more talk. I really wished that was organized.
- CM visit: Nabam Tuki, the Chief Minister, four State Cabinet Ministers and APCC Mukut Mithi, visited Vijoynagar on 22-23 Dec 2012. He has promised to “discuss the issue with all stakeholders and pursue it with the Government of India”.
- Recommendation to Central Government: Around Dec 2012, our leaders told me that the Legislative Assembly representatives from Changlang, Tirap and Longding Districts forwarded a list of five tribes to be included in the Scheduled Tribe – Tangsa, Wancho, Tutsa, Nocte and Yobin. Ours was in the 5th number. But the TOI reports (on 3 June 2013) that instead of Yobin, Ollo tribe was included. There was clear deception by the Legislative leaders.
- MoU to Union Tribal Affairs Minister: Sometime in January/February this year, a MoU from our leaders through a friend was submitted to the Minister, V Kishore Chandra S Deo. No news of that so far. We hope that will turn out to be good.
- JHPC visit to Vijoynagar: Though the visit of this Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) was for Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC), under the leadership of the MP, Sanjoy Takam, this was good opportunity for us to present our grievances again. Our AYSU leaders could submit a MoU to the AAPSU President, Kamta Lapung. The AAPSU invited the AYSU to visit Itanagar, which our boys will be doing soon. The JHPC visited Vijoynagar on March 4, 2013.
Its not enough to wait and see what happens. We all know our applications do not move by itself in government or any office. We must be behind. Suggested actions:
- Send our delegations to the Chief Minister and then to the Prime Minister.
- Constitute a core team to investigate every step of our case. We must know where they are and why they there.
- Do not simply support, rather vote, for MLA who does not take up our case.
- Rally must be organized and close down every government office in Vijoynagar. Anyway they are no use to use – useless Circle Office, useless schools, useless Fair Price Shops. What’s more!