Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has asked the Centre to resolve once and for all the issue of China repeatedly issuing stapled visa to sportspersons and other persons from his state,in the process denying them the opportunity to take part in various international meets and seminars.
The democratic fabric of a nation like India,of which Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part,is threatened by such attitude from the neighbouring country. Repeated denial of natural rights of Arunachali citizens reflects the inconsistent position of China with respect to the territorial integrity of the state as an integral part of India. Therefore,it is high time the Government of India took up the matter in right earnest with the Chinese government at appropriate levels for early resolution of the issue of stapled visas, Tuki told External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi Tuesday.
While Tuki made reference to the recent case of two top archers from the state who were to travel to China to take part in the Youth World Archery Championship at Wuxi,he also pointed out that entrepreneurs,traders,students and officials from the state have been repeatedly denied visa by China,thus denying them the opportunity to take part in various international fora.
This incident (of denying travel rights to the two archers) has demoralised not only the two young players,who enjoy top rankings in the country,but also other youths and sports fraternity of the state and region, Tuki told Khurshid. He lamented that the incident came at a time when his government was taking several initiatives to promote sports and youth affairs in accordance with the National Sports Policy.