The Arunachal Pradesh government has constituted a consultative committee to safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of the state in view of the Centre’s decision to revive the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.
The nine-member committee will be headed by State Home Minister Bamang Felix. The other members of the committee are: Ninong Ering, MLA,37- Pasighat West; Tapuk Taku, MLA, 10-Seppa East; Kardo Nyigor, MLA , 28-Likabali; Kento Jini, MLA,31-Aalo East; Hayeng Mangfi MLA, 9-Chayangtajo; Kardak Ete, Senior Additional Advocate General, Arunachal Pradesh; Kaling Tayeng , Commissioner (Home/Political) and Sadhna Deori , Secretary, GA/DA.
The consultative committee will conduct meetings with all stakeholders including community-based organisations, student organisations, political parties and other organisations/individuals etc. They will give recommendations on the issue, in respect of the safeguards enshrined in the Constitution of India, Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 and Chin Hill Regulations Act of 1896 and other acts and rules in place protecting the interests of indigenous people of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The recommendations highlighting the concerns of the people regarding the impending Bill would be submitted to the state government, which will be further presented to the concerned ministry, so as to ensure that adequate provisions are incorporated in the aforesaid bill safeguarding the interests of the people of the state.
It is worth mentioning that in light of the possibility of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill expected to be tabled in the Parliament in the ensuing winter session, there is an apprehension among the indigenous people of the state regarding the protection of indigenous rights of the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes (APSTs) in the aforesaid Bill.
During a recent meeting of NEDA at Guwahati, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured that the concerns of the people of the Northeastern states will be incorporated in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and has sought suggestions in the regard.
It may also be mentioned that Khandu had recently announced to form a consultative committee to safeguard the rights and interest of the indigenous people of the state during a public rally.
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