Dimapur, January 21: The Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) has termed the stand of the Government of Nagaland on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as “most unfortunate,” while also quashing the Government’s defence of protection from CAB under Article 317 and ILP (BEFR).
In a press release, NUTA CEC president Prof. Rosemary Dzuvichu and secretary general Prof. D Kuolie stated that provisions of Article 371A cannot enable Nagaland Legislative Assembly to stop such citizenship law after it becomes an Act.
NUTA also pointed out that the present Inner Line Permit System is not inclusive of the whole State and therefore has failed to a large extent. The ILP system is inconsistent, as it excludes the biggest commercial nerve centre of the State, Dimapur, which has been flooded with illegal immigrants till date, it said.
Expressing serious concern about the impact of the CAB on the indigenous people of Nagaland, as well as of the entire North east, the university teachers said the Bill will change the total demographics of the NE region, including Nagaland, which has been facing the onslaught of illegal immigrants.
“The Joint Parliamentary Committee report, citing the Intelligence Bureau, tabled in the Parliament states that around 31,313 immigrants would stand to immediately benefit from the proposed amendment out of which 25,447 are Hindus and it is evident that religion will form the basis of citizenship. In a state and region which is reeling under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is another onslaught and destruction of the identity of Indigenous people by the powers that be,” it said.
NUTA urged the Government of Nagaland to strictly implement the ILP, inclusive of Dimapur, and protect the rights of the people, as elected representatives, irrespective of partisan politics, by ensuring the CAB does not become a law in the State.
Strongly protesting the passing of the Bill by the Lok Sabha, the teachers also urged the Visitor of Nagaland University, the President of India, to abstain from granting his assent, if the Bill is passed by the Rajya Sabha. (Page News Service)