Arunachal assembly passes resolution for inclusion of state in Sixth Schedule

The Sixth Schedule besides giving considerable autonomy to the tribal community empowers the council to enact laws for land protection. Even the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) exempts the sixth schedule areas and Inner Line permit areas.

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Guwahati: Arunachal Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution for the entire state to be included in the Sixth Schedule of the constitution.

Chief minister Pema Khandu said that the Sixth Schedule provides protection of tribal people's rights in the Northeast. Arunachal unfortunately is the only state left out without any protective provisions for its tribal communities under the Indian constitution.

"In absence of such protective mechanism, the tribals in Arunachal faces the danger of being alienated from their culture and land," Khandu said.


The Sixth Schedule besides giving considerable autonomy to the tribal community empowers the council to enact laws for land protection. Even the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) exempts the sixth schedule areas and Inner Line permit areas. Aruanchal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur are under ILP besides there are 10 sixth schedule areas in Northeast India.

Arunachal Cabinet recently resolved to move the Centre for bringing the frontier state under the purview of the sixth schedule.

Arunachal home minister Bamang Felix told ET, "Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) Act of 1873 prohibits all citizens of India from entering Arunachal without a valid ILP. “Arunachal comes under Article 371(H) of the constitution, which does not provide full protection to the state’s people for under the said article there is no special provision. We may have our land, air, and water but we do not have its ownership,” he said.
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Article 371 (H) provides the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh shall have special responsibility with respect to law and order in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and in the discharge of his functions in relation thereto, the Governor shall, after consulting the Council of Ministers, exercise his individual judgment as to the action to be taken.

Provided that if any question arises whether any matter is or is not a matter as respects which the Governor is under this clause required to act in the exercise of his individual judgment, the decision of the Governor in his discretion shall be final, and the validity of anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in the exercise of his individual judgment.
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