KHADC to submit resolution to centre against CAB

Shillong, Nov 29: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has decided to submit the resolution passed by the House in the just concluded winter session against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to the Ministry of Home Ministry.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the United Democratic Forum (UDF), which has recently formed the new executive committee in the KHADC, here on Friday.

This also came a day ahead of the meeting called by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah with state government, political parties, and NGOs from the North East region including Meghalaya in New Delhi for seeking their views on the CAB.

After chairing the meeting of UDF, KHADC chief Latiplang Kharkongor said, “We have unanimously decided to submit the resolution passed by the House against the CAB before the Union home minister.”

Asked, Kharkongor informed that he will be leading a delegation of 11 MDCs to attend the meeting in New Delhi tomorrow.

The KHADC had passed an official resolution on November 19, to urge the Centre to exempt the applicability of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the tribal areas and the state of Meghalaya as a whole.

The resolution was supported by all the members including the opposition Congress.

The Council in the resolution has expressed grave concern over the move of the government of India to reintroduce the CAB, 2016 where if the Bill is passed in the Parliament, illegal migrants from minority communities like Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be eligible for Indian citizenship if they have entered India before December 13, 2014 and also these religious minorities will get Indian citizenship by nationalizing only after 6 years.

“Whereas, the influx of migrants from these countries will further affect the demographic structure of the state and threaten the very existing of the tribal people in the state of Meghalaya. Now therefore, this House resolved to urge the Union government of India to exempt the applicability of CAB, 2016 in the tribal areas and state of Meghalaya as a whole,” it had said.