SHILLONG | May 15, 2019:
The chairman of the National Commission for Schedule Tribe, Nand Kumar stated that they are against any kind of legislation which will pave way for the outsiders to acquire citizenship and resides in the North Eastern Region.
Kumar made this reply while reacting to a question on the move by the BJP led NDA Government to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
“We do not subscribe; whether it is a CAB or any legislation which will allow outsiders to acquire citizenship and resides in the Northeast. The North-eastern region belongs to the tribal population. Therefore, the commission will vehemently oppose any attempt by the Centre to bring any legislation which will be a threat to the tribal population of the Northeast,” he said while speaking to reporters after meeting Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma here today.
He said that outsiders coming and acquiring citizenship in the region is detrimental to the indigenous populace residing here.
He further said that the commission will play an important role in ensuring that no outsider comes and acquires citizenship.
Meanwhile, he said that commission would urge upon the central government to give more powers to the district councils, besides ensuring the inclusion of the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia language in the eight schedule of the Constitution.