A meeting was chaired by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah today in New Delhi to discuss the concerns raised by various stakeholders from the State of the Arunachal Pradesh on the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019.
Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh initiated and raised the concerns of the indigenous tribal communities of the State and conveyed that the State unequivocally opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 subsequently marked as Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Chief Minister further appeal that special provision is required to protect the interests of indigenous tribal communities of the State which shall be in accordance with the strong public sentiments. He further said that strong protective measures need to be incorporated in the said Bill on the following lines:
“For the State of Arunachal Pradesh, all provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 (Regulation 5 of 1873) and all provisions of Sections 22, 23, 38 and 40 of the Chin Hills Regulation 1896 (Regulation No. 5 of 1896) shall be deemed to have been enacted under this Act and shall have effect accordingly; and that the provisions of this Act shall not be made applicable to any person who has been residing in or has entered or may enter the State of Arunachal Pradesh in violation of the Bengal East Frontier Regulation 1873 or the aforesaid provision of Chin Hills Regulations 1896 or the Criminal law Amendment Act, 1961 (Act No. 23 of 1961) as amended from time to time.”
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Youth Affairs and Sports), Govt. of India, Chowna Mein, Dy. Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, Tapir Gao, Member of Parliament, (Lok Sabha), Bamang Felix, Arunachal Home Minister, Nabam Tuki, Former-CM and President Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Gicho Kabak, President, National People’s Party, Tapuk Taku, NPP MLA-cum-Member of the Consultative Committee on CAB/CCCAB, Hayeng Mangfi, Janta Dal United MLA-cum Member of the Consultative Committee on CCCAB, Kahfa Bengia, President, People’s Party of Arunachal, Hawa Bagang, President, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, Pritam Waii Sonam, Coordinator, North East Students Organization, and Tarh Tabin, Vice President, Arunachal Indigenous Tribal Forum attended the meeting.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah after hearing all the stakeholders assured that entire regime of Inner Line Permit (ILP) of Arunachal Pradesh, including applicable provisions of Bengal East Frontier Regulation 1873 and the Chin Hills Regulations 1896, will be suitably incorporated in the proposed CAB.
He further assured team Arunachal led by CM Pema Khandu, that there will be zero impact to the State of Arunachal Pradesh, to ensure the interest of indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh. Union Home Minister assured that the Government of India will sincerely consider all the concerns raised by them in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to protect the interests of all the Arunachalees.