Dimapur, February 9: The Government of Nagaland has made a sincere appeal to the Nagaland GBs’ Federation and all civil society organizations and NGOs to reconsider the bandh called on February 11 and instead voice opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill unitedly in a democratic manner.
In an appeal, State Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said the concern and apprehension of all Naga civil society organizations over the Citizenship Amendment Bill is shared by the Government and the Government stand with the people on the issue. He said a consultative meeting was convened on the issue in Dimapur on 31st January 2019.
“It is deeply regretted that the invitation to Nagaland GBs’ Federation and the CNTC was missed out initially which was rectified later,” the CS said.
“As resolved in the Consultative Meeting held on 31st January in Dimapur, the Government is committed to take all possible steps to protect and safeguard the rights of the people of Nagaland,” he said.
The State Government also reiterated the resolutions adopted in the consultative meeting. Among others, the resolutions adopted in the meeting included to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and out rightly rejects its implementation in Nagaland. It also reiterated that Article 371(A) of the Constitution protects and safeguards the rights and privileges of the citizens of Nagaland, as no act of Parliament, shall apply in the State of Nagaland unless the Nagaland Legislative Assembly by a resolution so decides.
The CS appeal also reminded that the Budget Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly has been convened on 21st February 2019 and the CAB issue will be deliberated by the Assembly and the Government will propose adoption of a resolution as decided in the consultative meeting held on 31st January 2019.
“Let us bear in mind that it is also the time for examinations for students who may need to travel for classes, examinations, etc. A bandh at this time will adversely impact them,” the CS said while appealing for reconsidering the bandh call on February 11. (Page News Service)