CAB row: Concerns of indigenous NE people being addressed, says Rijiju

CAB row: Concerns of indigenous NE people being addressed, says Rijiju
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju (File Photo)

SHILLONG, Dec 06:

Union Minister of State incharge Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that the BJP-led NDA Government will try to address the concerns of the indigenous population of the North Eastern region on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.

The Union Minister of State also downplayed that the impact that the amendment bill will have on the indigenous community of the region.

"The concerns of the indigenous people of the Northeast are being addressed and looked into. I don't think that the amendment bill will have an impact on the people of the region," Rijiju said while speaking to reporters in Shillong today.

Rijiju is in Shillong to attend the Chief Ministers' Conclave which was chaired by Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma on the concluding day of the North East Food Show 2019 today.

He further said that Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has also heard the views and concerns of the various groups from the region on the CAB.

It may be mentioned that the amendment bill of the CAB which was approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday is likely to be introduced in the Parliament next week.

Meanwhile, Rijiju said that it will be clearer that the indigenous population of the region is well protected once there is a discussion on the final amendment bill.

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"I am sure that the indigenous population of the North East is well protected and given all support by the Union Government. There is nothing to worry for the indigenous people of the North East," he said.

It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya Government, different political parties and NGOs have already expressed their opposition to the Bill as the it seeks to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians  from neighboring counties.

Earlier today. the Meghalaya Government have expressed dissatisfaction over the draft bill and demanded that the entire state is exempted from the bill and not just the schedule areas.

If passed by Parliament, it will be the first legislation under which nationality will be granted on the basis of religion.

It may be recalled that granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians, escaping persecution was an election promise of the BJP in 2014 and 2019.

The BJP led NDA Government has assured that States that are having ILP and district councils of the North Eastern states are exempted from the purview of the Bill. Earlier, the CAB was introduced in Parliament prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but got lapsed after it could not be cleared in Rajya Sabha. It is now likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha on December 9 and taken up for discussion and passage the next day.

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