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Centre assures to solve stapled visa issue soon

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ITANAGAR, Feb 1 � The Centre is considering redressing the grievances of Arunachal Pradesh like, Chinese stapled visa issue, security and refugee issues troubling the hilly border State and its people.

Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai has said that the issue of Chinese stapled visa will be solved within next two to three months. He said this when a delegation of the State�s apex student organisation, All Arunachal Pradesh Students� Union (AAPSU) met him in New Delhi yesterday.

Pillai said that concrete steps are being taken to solve the stapled visa row which has become an apple of discord between the two Asian giants.

�The Union Government has taken serious exception to the stapled visa issue and is taking up the matter with the Chinese Government. I hope the problem will have some positive bearing within the next two-three months,� the Home Secretary told the visiting AAPSU team.

On being apprised of fragile security scene in Tirap and Changlang districts due to NSCN factional clashes there since last November, the Union Home Secretary told the AAPSU delegates that the Centre was taking tangible steps to revamp the security scenario in those trouble-torn districts, which were declared as �disturbed area� under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

On Chakma-Hajong refugee issue, Pillai said that the government has set up a Committee to hammer out a permanent solution to the decades-old crisis. He asked Shambu Singh, Joint Secretary of Union Ministry of Home Affairs, who was also present at the meeting, to expedite the process for an early solution.

The AAPSU delegation led by its president Takam Tatung, also called on the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley and shared their grievances with him. AAPSU vice president Nabam Tamar, general secretary Tujum Poyom, convenor Ringu Kuku, spokesman Tobom Dai and vigilance chairman (East) Soblam Malo were the other members of the delegation.

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Centre assures to solve stapled visa issue soon

ITANAGAR, Feb 1 � The Centre is considering redressing the grievances of Arunachal Pradesh like, Chinese stapled visa issue, security and refugee issues troubling the hilly border State and its people.

Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai has said that the issue of Chinese stapled visa will be solved within next two to three months. He said this when a delegation of the State�s apex student organisation, All Arunachal Pradesh Students� Union (AAPSU) met him in New Delhi yesterday.

Pillai said that concrete steps are being taken to solve the stapled visa row which has become an apple of discord between the two Asian giants.

�The Union Government has taken serious exception to the stapled visa issue and is taking up the matter with the Chinese Government. I hope the problem will have some positive bearing within the next two-three months,� the Home Secretary told the visiting AAPSU team.

On being apprised of fragile security scene in Tirap and Changlang districts due to NSCN factional clashes there since last November, the Union Home Secretary told the AAPSU delegates that the Centre was taking tangible steps to revamp the security scenario in those trouble-torn districts, which were declared as �disturbed area� under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

On Chakma-Hajong refugee issue, Pillai said that the government has set up a Committee to hammer out a permanent solution to the decades-old crisis. He asked Shambu Singh, Joint Secretary of Union Ministry of Home Affairs, who was also present at the meeting, to expedite the process for an early solution.

The AAPSU delegation led by its president Takam Tatung, also called on the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley and shared their grievances with him. AAPSU vice president Nabam Tamar, general secretary Tujum Poyom, convenor Ringu Kuku, spokesman Tobom Dai and vigilance chairman (East) Soblam Malo were the other members of the delegation.

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