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Citizenship Amendment Bill: Arunachal govt sets up panel to safeguard rights of indigenous people

The state government stated that the consultative committee will conduct meetings with all stakeholders

, ET Bureau|
Oct 15, 2019, 10.54 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu constituted a nine member consultative committee to safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of Arunachal following the centre proposal for enactment of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

The state government stated that the consultative committee will conduct meetings with all stakeholders including Community based Organisations, Student Organisations, political parties and other organisations/individuals etc.

They will give recommendations on the issue, in respect of the safeguards enshrined in the Constitution of India, Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 and Chin Hill Regulations Act of 1896 and other acts and rules in place protecting the interests of indigenous people of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The recommendations highlighting the concerns of the people regarding the impending Citizenship amendment Bill would be submitted to the State Government, which will be further presented to the concerned ministry, so as to ensure that adequate provisions are incorporated in the aforesaid bill safeguarding the interests of the people of the state.

The government stated that in light of the possibility of Citizenship Amendment bill expected to be tabled in the Parliament of India in the ensuing winter session, there is an apprehension among the indigenous people of the state regarding protection of indigenous rights of the APSTs in the aforesaid bill.

During a recent meeting of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) at Guwahati, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured that the concerns of the people of the North Eastern states will be incorporated in the Citizenship Amendment Bill and has sought suggestions in the regard.

The consultative committee has been constituted consisting of the Bamang Felix Minister (Home,Political etc.) as Chairman. While Ninong Ering MLA is the Member, Tapuk Taku MLA is the Member of the committee.

Other members of the committee include MLA Kardo Nyigor , Kento Jini , Hayeng Mangfi , Kardak Ete , Commissioner (Home/Political) Kaling Tayeng is the Member.

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