ITANAGAR, Aug 26 - Coming in strong defence of Pema Khandu-led BJP Government, which has been facing criticism from various quarters for deciding to implement the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act 2014 in the State, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of National People�s Party (NPP) today sought to play down the people�s apprehensions saying they �need not worry much� over implementation of the policy.
State NPP president Gicho Kabak, who also heads the Tibet Support Group of Arunachal Pradesh (TSGAP), claimed that the policy would not make any impact on the socio-economic development and demography of the State. �Rather, we should stand together to extend our solidarity for the cause of Tibetans who are fighting for genuine autonomous region within the People�s Republic of China�, he said.
The NPP, which had an emergency meeting here today, appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju for adopting the Tibetan refugee Rehabilitation Policy on humanitarian ground. The party further appreciated the decision of the Khandu-led State Cabinet to implement the policy in the State.
In order to streamline the process of facilities to be given to the Tibetan refugees, the Centre had formalised the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 and accordingly directed the State Government to implement the same, said NPP vice president Anok Wangsa, a former Minister.
The party�s spokesman Nima Sangey Saling said that the Centre had directed the concerned State Governments to implement the welfare schemes for the Tibetan refugees and further directed the State Governments to extend a 20-year land lease agreement.