Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss Article 371-H of the Constitution.

This was disclosed by Chief Minister Khandu himself while speaking at the Indigenous Faith Day celebration in Itanagar.

Referring to Article 371-H of the Constitution, Khandu said that feedbacks from community-based organisations (CBOs) have been received and he will be calling on PM Modi soon to discuss it.

Khandu opined that when Arunachal Pradesh was conferred statehood in 1987, people were not educated and well aware of their tribal rights and constitutional provisions.

He hoped that the Narendra Modi-led central government will understand the issue and resolve it for the indigenous tribes of the state.

Notably, the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly in August passed a resolution to bring the State under the ambit of sixth schedule of the Constitution and to amend Article 371-H.

Article 371H vests the governor of Arunachal Pradesh with special responsibility with respect to the law and order siatuation in the state and in the discharge of his functions in relation thereto.

It also states that the Legislative Assembly shall consist of not less than thirty members.

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What is Article 371-H?

Special provision with respect to the State of Arunachal Pradesh:-

(a) 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:

Provided further that if the President on receipt of a report from the Governor or otherwise is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the Governor to have special responsibility with respect to law and order in the State of Arunachal Pradesh, he may by order direct that the Governor shall cease to have such responsibility with effect from such date as may be specified in the order;

(b) the Legislative Assembly of the State of Arunachal Pradesh shall consist of not less than thirty members.

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