SHILLONG, May 8: The Meghalaya Democratic Allaince (MDA) government has decided to oppose the union government proposed citizenship amendment bill 2016.
The decision was arrived at during the Cabinet meeting held at the state secretariat on Tuesday.
Addressing media persons soon after the meeting, State Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that after a detailed discussion the state government has decided to say a “Big No” to the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.
The Bill aims at granting citizenship to presecuted Hindus, Parsis, Jains, Sikhs,Christians from Pakistan,Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The State Government’s decision to oppose the Bill comes two days ahead of the Joint Parliamentary Committee.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,2016 will be visiting Shillong on May 10 and 11.
The objective of the Joint Parliamentary Committee is to obtain feedback from the migrants, if any, belonging to religious minority communities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh i.e Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians residing in the State of Meghalaya and other stakeholders in connection with the examination of ‘The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016’.
Tynsong referred to two provisos of the drafted bill which the government said is flawed and will not serve the interest of the indigeneous people of the state.
“We cannot accept the clause that entails to the granting of migrants getting citizenship after residing for six years. It is dangerous to our people and that is the main reason that we are saying no to the bill,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
He also said that proper intimation will be officially made to the Committee during its sitting in Shillong.