Antony releases statement from NEDF
By Our Correspondent, 29/11/2018, Agartala

North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) has recommended a series of suggestions in regard to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, NEDF appealed the speaker to bring to the notice of the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on the said bill.

The NEDF stated that two amendments to the principal Act are not acceptable on two grounds: that citizenship cannot be defined on the basis of religion or faith coming from certain areas/region as this will “contribute to demographic imbalance with other related consequences of social, economic, political nature”;

And reducing the years of domicile from 11 years to 6 years “is an outright negation of the principal Act and would further aggravate the issues mentioned above.”It requested the Speaker to put in public domain the report of the concerned PSC to be tabled in the Lok Sabha for a wider response by the bona-fide citizens of the country.

The forum also stated its displeasure over the Passport (Enter into India) Amendment Rules, 2015 for inserting a new clause which the forum claimed was to “protect the illegal Hindu Bangladeshis who have entered into the NE region of India on or before the 31stDecember 2014.”

It further argued that the intent of the above amendment was to shape the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The statement signed Kh Phajaton (Manipur), Girin Chetia (Assam), Anthony Debarma (Tripura), Chenithung Humtsoe (Nagaland) and Dr PBM Basaiawmoit (Meghalaya) further stated that the forum is keen on interaction and consultation with appropriate bodies.