Nagaland cabinet to urge Centre to review Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Kohima, January 8: The State Cabinet has resolved to urge the Centre to review and re-examine the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the wake of protests across the Northeast region against the controversial Bill.

Neiphiu Rio’s cabinet held a meeting on Monday and stated that it is necessary to take 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 decided to convene an all-party meeting to examine the issue entirely.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.