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State to ask Centre to review Citizenship Bill

DIMAPUR, JAN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/7/2019 10:37:02 AM IST

Even as the political atmosphere warms up in many North Eastern States over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament and the Union Cabinet’s approval of the controversial Bill, the State cabinet has resolved to urge the Centre to re-examine and review the Bill to ensure that it was in consonance with the provisions of the Constitution of India and the existing practices of the Nagas.

At a meeting held here on Monday, the Neiphiu Rio cabinet felt that taking into consideration various imbalances that might emerge and to ensure that peace and tranquility continued in the State and sanctity of all previous regulations like Inner Line Permit (ILP) and rights of the Nagas as provided in Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India was ensured, the issue required further review. 

The cabinet also resolved to convene an all-party meeting to examine the issue in its entirety.

According to a press release issued by media cell of chief minister’s office, the cabinet further resolved to propose adoption of a resolution reaffirming all provisions of Article 371 (A) and to strengthen the implementation of ILP as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) of 1873 in the next session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

On the political issue, the cabinet decided that Joint Legislators’ Forum comprising all 60 legislators of the State would be urged to collectively call upon Government of India to expedite the peace process for a final settlement that was honourable, inclusive and acceptable to the Nagas. 

The cabinet further resolved to ban illegal coal mining across the State and impose a provisional mining ban on all firms that had been issued mining licenses with immediate effect. 

It was decided that a committee headed by geology & mining secretary, in coordination with the environment, forests & climate change department, Nagaland Pollution Control Board, district administrations and police, besides an inter-ministerial team (IMT) would separately examine the issue of coal mining and the resultant damages caused to the environment. 

The committee and IMT would submit their reports to the State government by end of February.

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