Guwahati/ 14th May’2018 (Prag News Desk):
As the momentum for protesting against Citizenship Amendment Bill gets a tremendous push from various organizations, indigenous groups and individuals as well as our Assamese community residing in Australia too have conveyed their opposition against the controversial bill.
The Central government’s proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 has become the most controversial topic triggering huge protests across the state with numerous organizations, common man taking a stand against the bill, now the Assamese in Australia have come up in support of the people of the state.
The Assamese Association of Australia ACT & NSW (AAA) on Monday has written to the Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) strongly recommending to withdraw the bill in a bid to preserve the indigenous Assamese population.
“AAA registers its deep anxiety and distress at the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Act under consideration of the Joint Select Committee of the Parliament. Whatever humanitarian consideration prompted the proposed amendment granting citizenship to persons belonging to minority communities namely Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, it is going to be highly inimical to the indigenous people of Assam and the federal structure of the state.” (sic) the letter said.
The letter further added on safeguarding the ethnicity and language of the genuine citizens of the country and that the JPC after knowing the ground reality and should withdraw the bill.
The AAA while taking about the NRC updation process which is underway in Assam under the supervision of Supreme Court stated that it has already included people permanently residing in the state till March 24, 1971, and have absorbed numerous foreign nationals illegally entering the state but the attempt to extend the citizenship beyond the cutoff date is not be acceptable.