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China illegally refers to Arunachal Pradesh as 'south Tibet'

August 30, 2012 19:03 IST

China "illegally" refers to Arunachal Pradesh as south Tibet and claims around 90,000 sq km of Indian territory there, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

"China disputes the international boundary between India and China in the eastern sector and claims approximately 90,000 sq km of Indian territory in the state of Arunachal Pradesh," Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said in a written reply.

"China illegally refers to Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet," he said.

The minister said China has been told that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India.

To another query, Ahamed said 77 passport sewa kendras have been made operational in the country.

He said the government was now carrying out a feasibility study to expand the network of passport delivery mechanism by means of additional PSKs in various states.

To a query on Haj subsidy, he said after a Supreme Court order, the discretionary quota has been curtailed to 500 seats -- 200 seats for the Haj Committee of India and 300 for recommendations of dignitaries.

As per the new order, the President has quota of a 100 seats, the vice president and prime minister 75 each and the external affairs minister 50 for Haj pilgrimage.

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