GUWAHATI, May 12: Considering the growing threat to the existence of indigenous people of the region, the North East Students’ Organization (NESO), a forum of students’ bodies of seven north-eastern States, has demanded provisions of inner line permit (ILP) for all the States of the region along with special Constitutional status to protect the land and resources of Northeast.The forum, that strongly opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in a meeting with the JPC in Meghalaya on Thursday, said today that it would jointly put up a fights against the ‘anti-indigenous’ bill to prevent a ‘Tripura-like’ situation in the entire Northeast.
“The indigenous people of Tripura have almost lost their identity and socio-political power. Whereas the indigenous people have been reduced to minority in their own land, their language, Kokborok, is the second official language of the State,” said NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa, while addressing the media at Swahid Nyas here.
“We need ILPs for the entire region along with special Constitutional status to protect our identity,” he added.
A joint protest demonstration would be staged tomorrow at Dighalipukhuripar here followed by similar protest activities in every State capital of the region and district-wise protest demonstrations across the Northeast to oppose the bill. The forum also lashed out at the Union government for its discriminatory attitude towards the Northeast. The All Assam Students’ Union has also announced a series of protest activities against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. (Courtesy: AT)