Another highlight of the demand of Settlers for PRC.

Source: Dawnlit Post (15 October 2015)

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Gorkha boys of Vijaynagar denied recruitment in scouts

PISI ZAUING, VIJAYNAGAR, OCT 15, 2015: The easternmost administrative circle of Changlang district, Vijaynagar is known for its captivating landscape, whitish snow embracing Mugaphi peak, murmuring echoes of Noa Dehing river with turbulence, dancing crops of wet rice fields, warm hospitality and variating greeneries. But unfortunately the valley is engulfed by never ending predicaments of ascending magnitudes and various natures.

The beautiful valley is home of good looking Yobin tribals based in Gandhigram and 3000 plus Gorkha ex servicemen in Vijaynagar. The ex servicemen settled during the early 1960 are spread over 9 villages of Daragaon, Ramnagar, Phaparbari, Gaherigaon,Chidudi (Shantinagar), Mazgaon, Topi Hill, Buddha Mandir and Two Hut.

Every Gorkha village has primary school and a newly upgraded middle school in Twohut village. The students are supposed to pursue secondary education in the solitary government secondary school in the valley but paucity of teachers compel most families to shift to Miao to seek educational facility for their children. They are forced to scale 157 kms on foot for several days as Miao – Vijaynagar road (country’s longest link road) still lay unconstructed and detrimental. The suspension of Pawan Hans chopper service after the tragic death of Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi in air crash on August 4 this year has sprinkled salt to wounds of people of Vijaynagar valley.

It cannot be denied that settlement of Gorkhas in the international border has guaranteed security from threats from external forces. But in return the Gorkha ex servicemen have not been bestowed due recognition and respect they actually deserve. In spite of being recognized citizens and genuine voters, the Gorkhas of Vijaynagar struggle to prove their identities time and again. Identity cards were issued in the past but the facility was withdrawn without any valid reason by the administration. Imagine a citizen forced to prove his identity with folded hands at Namchick police check gate while returning home. Producing documents like Voter ID and ration cards simply fail to convince the police at the check gate on duty.

The frequent problem faced in check gates was brought to the notice of the local MLA Kamlung Mossang, office of the ADC Miao and CO, Vijaynagar stationed permanently at Miao but of no avail as positive result didn’t yield yet.

The demand for issue of PRC in favour of Gorkha ex servicemen and their offspring is not new. To woo them for votes, the State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his last visit to the valley prior to state assembly election in 2013 promised consideration of the long pending issue and official announcement followed thereafter which was carried by state dailies including The Miao Times, weekly. But in place of PRC, around 20 senior citizens were dramatically issued Residential Certificates (RC) in haste while others were left out of the facility. It is indeed humiliating and astonishing, said one senior Gorkha leader of Gaherigaon village who wanted to remain anonymous fearing vendetta.

Without PRC in hand, 20 Gorkha boys of Vijaynagar participated in the recruitment rally for Arunachal Scouts between 1-5 Oct at Tawang. The Gorkha boys were successfully through in physical tests but were denied recruitment because they couldn’t produce PRC, informed Bikram Newar, an educated and prominent youth leader of Vijaynagar. While expressing sadness and displeasure over the step motherly treatment meted out to them, Newar alleged that they don’t get commodities against their ration cards nor job to youths which make their lives vulnerable and directionless. When asked how many Gorkha settlers are in state government jobs, Bikram Newar disclosed that apart from one teacher recruited during NEFA era, there are only 6 boys serving presently in Arunachal police. Bikram Newar also admitted that he attempted 6 times for SSA teacher job but failed as he couldn’t produce PRC. The Gorkha ex.servicemen of Vijaynagar have been supporting successive state governments but after every election we are forgotten, Newar said.

“We are recognized permanent residents of Vijaynagar but we wonder why permanent residential certificate is denied to us. We are indeed deeply pained, Bikram Newar said while urging chief minister Nabam Tuki to have mercy and bail Gorkha ex servicemen out of the continued humiliation and predicaments. He also urged their three time local MLA Kamlung Mossang to implement the promise he made before them during the last three state assembly elections. On behalf of the 3000 plus Gorkha ex servicemen of Vijaynagar Bikram Newar pleads Changlang deputy commissioner to address their five decades old pending grievances. We are human beings and citizens of India. Issue us identity cards and permanent residential certificates to enable our children to seek jobs and sit in competitive exams, he winded.

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