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Tue, 28 Jan 2020

Northeast Today

Garo students’ body asks Centre to withdraw CAB

Garo students’ body asks Centre to withdraw CAB
December 06
12:03 2019

NET Bureau

The Garo Students’ Union (GSU), in a release on Wednesday, asked the Central Government to withdraw the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, stating that it would threaten the existence of indigenous tribes in the North East.

The GSU, as part of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO), has been opposing implementation of the citizenship Bill in the North Eastern States.
GSU president Tengsak Momin accused the Centre of employing a divide-and-rule policy in the manner of the erstwhile British rulers.

“On the one hand, the Central Government says the Bill will not affect the Sixth Schedule and ILP areas in the North Eastern States, while States like Tripura and Assam will be left out because a large portion of these two States are not under the jurisdiction of the Sixth Schedule. Even the Garo Hills, largely an area under the Sixth Schedule, has certain portions not covered by it, especially areas that fall under Mouza No. VI, and the problem is confounded where areas under Sixth Schedule like Tura, Baghmara, Simsanggre and Resu townships have municipal boards, which is dilution of the provisions of the Sixth Schedule,” he added.

The GSU also questioned the NRC as there is no mechanism to deport identified foreigners to their respective countries.

Tengsak added that the GSU would continue to oppose the citizenship Bill and call an indefinite bandh in the North East in protest against it.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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