JPCI serves 10-day ultimatum; threatens to launch stir

DIMAPUR, JAN 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/19/2019 11:23:51 AM IST

Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI), representing over than 20 Nagaland civil society organisations, has set a 10-day ultimatum on the Committee on BEFR/ILP/Inclusion of Dimapur under ILP led by Abhishek Singh, IAS to submit its findings/recommendations before the state government/cabinet within 10 days from the date of publication of this press statement.

JPCI through its media cell also demanded that a copy of the findings/recommendations of the committee be handed over to the JCPI for perusal.

JPCI pointed out that the committee had reneged on its commitment to give its recommendations to the state government latest by November, 2018. In this regard, JPCI has threatened to resort to bandh/dharna/strike or agitation of any sort deemed fit, if the committee failed to respond to their demands positively

Grappling with some of the most emotional and dangerous issues of the present time, the media cell said JPCI as a matured body, representing the present and the future of the Naga people, had been very co-operative and patient with the Committee.

However, the dilly- dallying of the Committee and the fiasco related to the government’s utter failure to protect the interest of the Naga people vis-à-vis the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2016, has left JCPI with no choice but to be prepared to take recourse to democratic means of agitation to protect and safeguard Naga rights, it added. 

It therefore urged all sections of people– cutting across party lines– to be prepared for any eventuality.  JCPI said it will clearly spell out the course of action in the days to come. 

JPCI further said that the argument of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the NDPP that Article 371A, BEFR/ILP and Village Council Act 1978 was enough to deal with CAB is infantile and bereft of rationality and reasoning as expected from seasoned politicians. 

It said that any college student should be able to comprehend that there is absolutely no linkage between Article 371A/ILP/Village Council Act, 1978 and citizenship as conferred by the Indian Constitution.

“To even remotely suggest otherwise is madness. In fact, no sane and literate person should bring in Article 371A/BEFR/ILP into the CAB argument,” JPCI stated.  It rather averred that the chief minister’s single minded purpose should be to protect the interest of Nagaland and NE at large.

When BJP CM of Manipur, including chief ministers of Meghalaya and Mizoram have objected to the bill; including Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal who had tried to justify himself, Nagaland CM failed to oppose the CAB and has demeaned and shamed the Naga people in the eyes of our North Eastern brethren, JPCI stated.  Unless the state government vehemently opposes the CAB, the people’s verdict would be that the government has sold-out on the Nagas for the sake of petty politics and the chair, it maintained. 

Given the background, JPCI said it was now incumbent upon the apex tribal institutions to shoulder the responsibility of protecting the rights of the people. 

Meanwhile, JPCI on behalf of the Nagas expressed solidarity with all the indigenous peoples in the region opposing the CAB.


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