Dimapur, June 1: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) today said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 is a matter of serious concern for Nagaland state.
It said granting citizenship on religious consideration is dangerous and against secular principle of India.
The proposed Bill is subjective and communal as it stands for the interest of the Hindus in particular in the context of Indian pluralism overriding secularism, it added.
The NTC pointed out that Northeast is highly infested by illegal immigrants particularly from Bangladesh and already heavily burden with foreigners’ issue and regularization of these illegal residents is a direct threat to Northeast political future and the survival of its indigenous people, identity, culture and land.
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) therefore extended its support to the voices of the indigenous people being raised in Assam and Northeastern states against the Bill.
It urged the Government of India to reconsider its policy and not to go against the sentiments of the indigenous population.
The NTC also lauded the decision of Meghalaya Government to firmly oppose Citizenship Amendments Bill, 2016 and urged the State Government of Nagaland to oppose the same keeping the popular wishes and interest of the citizens of the state. [Full text]
(Page News Service)