A remote village on the outskirts of Ahmednagar in Maharashtra has turned into the first village panchayat to pass a resolution against the implementation of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).
Islak, is a small village with 2000 inhabitants and out of which 45% is from the Adivasi community without a single Muslim. The move came after concerns over hundreds of citizenship documents. The villagers claim that they do not have a single document to prove their citizenship and that the law might turn to be a great turmoil.
“The situation of our village is that around 700 of the total population belongs to the Adivasi community. They have lived here for decades but do not have any government documents which is why they can’t even avail benefits of government schemes,” said a local.
“The issue was even raised in front of the government officials but not a concrete decision was taken by the authorities. The villagers fear the outcome of the law as they do not have any means to prove their citizenship which is the reason to pass a resolution in front of the village headman” he added.
As per reports, the resolution was passed during the gram panchayat meeting on Republic Day and a copy of the resolution was signed by the sarpanch and forwarded to the district administration.
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