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CAB issue: Lok Sabha MP clarifies

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/14/2019 11:21:42 AM IST

 In the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 there is nothing mentioned about protection of Northeastern States. On the contrary, the C.A.B that has just been passed by Parliament has been amended to give protection to states under the Sixth Schedule and Bengal Eastern Frontier Act 1873. During the NDA meeting held on 17/11/2019 MPs from Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland urged the Hon'ble Home Minister to exempt our states to which the he agreed in the presence of the Hon'ble Prime Minister. To clarify doubts about inclusion of ILP in the amended CAB I urge one and all to kindly spare time and read the contents of the Bill. 

Meghalaya does not have ILP and this is the reason for protest in the state. The Chief Minister of Meghalaya met the Home Minister on the 13/12/2019 evening for implementing ILP in his state and they are going to convene a special one day Assembly session to pass a bill to cover the entire state under ILP. Manipur has also been brought under the ambit of ILP to exclude it from CAB. The exclusion of various states from CAB has been possible because of co-ordination of MPs from Northeast and we will continue to do so. It is also the practice in Parliament that members are given time to speak according to the numeric representation of a party. As most members from northeast are lone representatives we are only given three minutes each to speak, thus limiting our time to speak on issues. 

For Nagaland, even Dimapur is now covered under the ILP and the onus is now on the Naga people as to how we implement it to safeguard our lands. Unless we allow/permit a person to come and settle in our land how can one forcibly come and settle in our land. Immigrants are in our state because we choose so that they till our lands, build our houses, fix our electricity, fix our plumbing, sell vegetables grown on our very soil, load and unload our commercial vehicles amongst many other employment avenues. There is hue and cry about unemployment in our state and how immigrants are draining our economy, but what is the cause for immigrants to come to our state? It is because we 'allow/permit' them to do so because we do not do the works that they are doing. 

The notion of millions waiting at the Bangladesh border once the bill is passed is an absolute fallacy because the CAB is to give Indian citizenship to people who already reside in various parts of India and NOT for new immigrants from Bangladesh. Immigrants can only settle in our lands when and only they are given a Permanent Resident Certificate by village councils and municipal authorities, so why the fear of being overrun by people who are already living in some part of our country. 

Will they be willing to leave their current homes and jobs to come and live under our tribal and customary laws? 

As a region we should all stand by one another, but we have to understand the genesis for protests in Assam and their internal state dynamics. My duty as MP from Nagaland is to serve in the interest of our state and with assurance given to us by Home Minister to exempt Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland out of the purview of CAB, I supported the bill in parliament. My voting in favor of the Citizenship Amendment Bill was not a unilateral decision. It was a decision taken after directives from my party President and leaders that I supported CAB in parliament. 

Tokheho Yepthomi, 

MP, Lok Sabha 


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