JCPI to wait and watch CAB

DIMAPUR, DEC 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/6/2019 10:55:33 AM IST

Says future course of action will depend whether exemptions inserted in bill

Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) Friday informed that the Union Home minister Amit Shah during the December 3 meeting reiterated his assurance that the three Inner Line Permit (ILP) states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland and 6th Schedule areas of the North East would be exempted from the purview of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), besides adding that National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be implemented across the country, including Nagaland.  

At the meeting attended by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, deputy CM Y. Patton, leader of opposition TR Zeliang, Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye, NPCC president K Therie, state ministers and the delegation of civil society groups like NTC, ENPO, NGBF, NSF, ENSF, JCPI and NEFIP (Nagaland unit), JCPI said Amit Shah’s team explained that under the “exemption” clause of CAB, no resident of ILP areas would be eligible for citizenship because anyone desiring to acquire Indian citizenship would have to fill up a form where he or she would be asked to give his or her ILP number. 

Shah’s team also informed the delegation that NRC would be implemented across the country, including Nagaland, adding the State government would be free to identify and deport any number of illegal immigrants from the State. The team also hinted that since a cut-off date of December 31, 2014 had been inserted in the CAB draft, apprehension of the North-eastern States should be further allayed.

In his opening statement, NEFIP vice-president Theja Therieh call for exempting the entire North-eastern region from the purview of CAB as there was no inter-State security mechanism and the borders were porous and exposed to influx. 

On his part, Rio said there was an urgent need for Nagas to be more vigilant, while JCPI explained that the chief minister’s word would have its impact only when the entire Dimapur district was brought under ILP immediately. 

JCPI convener K Ghokheto Chophy and co-convener Joel Naga however, clarified that the meeting with the Union home minister was to convey CSOs’ opinion and as per his invitation, adding it should not be construed as endorsement of any kind. 

Announcing that it would wait and watch the proceedings of Parliament, the committee said any future course of action would depend on whether appropriate exemptions were actually inserted in the Bill as per the verbal assurance given by the Union home minister.

JCPI pointed out that even if Nagaland was exempted from CAB under ILP criteria, the exemption would have no value for the Nagas as long as the lone ILP gate operated from Chumoukedima. 

The committee stressed that Nagaland today required the iron will to impose ILP in the entire Dimapur district, including the DAB area, without succumbing to pulls and pressures not to implement the same. 

Considering the gravity of the situation in the context of CAB being presented in Parliament, JCPI stressed that it would be utterly irresponsible and suicidal for the state government not to take an immediate decision on ILP. 

“The JCPI is watching the whole situation with consternation,” the release added.



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