Bangladesh out of JPC controversial Citizenship Bill?
In the wake of large-scale protest across the state regarding the controversial Citizenship Bill, there are reports that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is planning to “withdraw” Bangladesh from the Bill.
Amending the Citizenship Act of 1955, the controversial Bill seeks to allow migrants from certain minority communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.
JPC to withdraw Bangladesh from the Citizenship Bill, 2016
The Bill seeks to allow illegal migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian religious communities coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan to not be imprisoned or deported. The Bill, however, does not extend to illegal Muslim migrants.
Stating that the Bill, if it becomes an Act, would threaten the existence of the indigenous people of Assam, protestors said that the Centre’s move will make Assam a ‘dumping ground for Hindu Bangladeshis’.
The JPC on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, conducted hearings in Assam and Meghalaya in this regard recently. The JPC will submit its report based on the hearings and interactions soon to be the Centre, as per highly placed sources.
AS per highly placed sources, JPC chairman Rajendra Agrawal is planning to take a decision in order to safeguard the indigenous people of Assam and is expected to submit the report soon. Agrawal was also supposed to hold a meeting on this matter on May 25 but it was canceled at the eleventh hours.