Dimapur, December 4: The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) today appealed to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and Government of India to include provisions in the existing Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in order to protect the rights of the people of the Northeastern region and that Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in force in the NE states be incorporated in the CAB before it is table in the Parliament. The NDPP reminded about the assurances given by Amit Shan at the NEDA meeting in Guwahati and his reiteration of the same at Aizwal and to the stakeholder and sections of CSOs recently.
The NDPP appreciated the Union Home Minister for his magnanimity and wisdom in inviting the Chief Ministers of the Northeastern region along with the various sections of civil society and stakeholders for widespread consultations and deliberations on the CAB 2019 before it is tabled in the Parliament.
This gesture further proves the serious commitment of the Government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the importance and respect they give to the sentiments and emotions of the people of the NER, it said.
Considering the concern and the special attention given to the NER by the Narendra Modi led NDA government, the NDPP expressed confidence that the GoI would not let the people of the region down and that all measures would be taken to safe guard the rights and privileges of the people of the NER.
In a press release issued by NDPP media and communication committee, the NDPP expressed gratitude to Union Home Minister and the Government of India for listening to the voices of the people of the North East and at the same time put on record that the stand of thee Chief Minister, the Government of Nagaland and the NDPP led PDA that Nagaland is protected from the CAB by the provisions of Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India and the ILP regime under the BEFR 1873 is vindicated by the statements and assurances given by the Union Home Minister.
The NDPP assured the people of Nagaland that it would never act in any way that will jeopardize the rights and privileges of the people and called upon the citizens of Nagaland to further build their confidence on the government they have mandated and the leaderships of the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and the Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton in taking the state forward with stability, sustainability and self dependency. (Page News Service)