ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) expressed its strong resentment over the GoI’s decision to re-introduce contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in winter session of Parliament expected beginning from Nov 18 next.
The bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have illegally migrated into India. The immigrants must have been living in India for one to six years to qualify for citizenship, the ACS said in a release.
However, the bill if passed will definitely affect badly and change its demography of Arunachal Pradesh whose 98% population indigenous.
It is a well known fact to political leaders that more than lakh of Chakma & Hajong, Tibetan and other non-APST, mostly Hindu and Buddhist immigrants are settled mostly in Namsai, Changalng, Papum Pare, Tawang, West Kameng and Upper Siang districts since last many decades, even some for last 50 years.
Moreover, there is fear psychosis among local denizens that these immigrants overshadow the indigenous people as their population is double in comparison to some of the indigenous tribe of the state.
Pointing out that there is no clause in Article 371(H) of Constitution of India, which is in force in Arunachal, to protect indigenous people and their natural resources while the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 in the only hope, the ACS reasoned.
The CAB will negate Assam Accord-1985 and recent GoAP resolution on permanent residential certificate to non-APST, it said, adding the CAB will automatically entitle the non-APST to settle down in the Arunachal Pradesh to avail the .
Thus, the ACS urged the GoAP to strongly oppose the CAB and give its clear stand in all-party meeting proposed on Nov 4 next. If not, the ACS along with other CBOs would resort to mass democratic movement against the CAB-2016, it threatened.