CAB: Arunachal to have a 'final' meeting with all stakeholders

Itanagar, Nov 18 (PTI) The Arunachal Pradesh Cabineton Monday decided to have a final discussion with all thestakeholders on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill(CAB) before sending the state government's recommendation tothe Centre, an official statement said here.

The 'final consultative meeting' on the issue will beheld under the chairmanship of Home Minister Bamang Felix onWednesday.

The CAB is likely to be tabled in the Winter sessionof the Parliament.

'Considering the sensitivity of the issue, it wasdecided to have a final discussion with all the stakeholderstogether and forward the recommendations to the Union HomeMinistry,' the statement issued by the cabinet secretary said.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu convened Monday's specialCabinet meeting to discuss the report of the ConsultativeCommittee on the CAB, which was submitted to the stategovernment during the day.

The consultative committee had held meetings withpolitical parties, students' bodies and community basedorganisations to seek their opinions on the CAB and to preparea comprehensive report on the issue.

Felix had earlier said the views offered by thesestakeholders would be taken into consideration beforefinalising the committee's recommendations to be submitted tothe state government.

The recommendations will be based on the provisions ofthe Constitution and various laws and rules that protect theinterests of indigenous people of the state.

The state government would present the recommendationsto the Centre to ensure that adequate provisions areincorporated in the CAB to safeguard the interests of thepeople of the state, official sources said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said on October 1that Parliament will pass the CAB which will grant citizenshipto Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians fromAfghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after seven years of stayin the country even if they do not possess proper documents.

However, indigenous people of the Northeastern statesfear that entry of these people will endanger their identityand livelihood.

During a meeting of the North East Democratic Allianceat Guwahati in September, Shah, also BJP president, had saidthe concerns of the North Eastern states will be incorporatedin the CAB and has sought suggestions on the issue. PTI UPLNN NN