Itanagar, Jul 8 UNI | 15 days ago

The Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has submitted a memorandum to Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju reiterating its opposition to implementation of minority schemes in Arunachal Pradesh.

A team led by its president Y D Thongchi has discussed some important issues, including implementation of minority schemes in the state, with the Minister during his recent visit to the state.

The memorandum claimed that no person or community in the state should be given double benefits for this would promote mass conversion resulting in adverse effect on the preservation and promotion of the indigenous faith, traditions and cultures of the state.

It claimed that the present list of the minority blocks and families has been prepared by a private agency from the state of Assam. As per 1978 Freedom of Religions Act of Arunachal Pradesh, only Deputy Commissioner is authorised to identify the minority population. Therefore, the state government should implement the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act' 1978 at the earliest so that an authentic list of minorities could be prepared, the memorandum said.

It also said the state government should initiate steps to issue minority certificates to the converts of Arunachal Pradesh and let them surrender their ST certificate at the earliest.

(Posted on 08-07-2014)