A delegation of Arunachal Pradesh led by chief minister Pema Khandu also comprising of union minister of state Incharge of sports, Kiren Rijiju and Lok Sabha MP, Tapir Gao met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and put forth their suggestions vis-a-vis the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

The delegation raised the concerns of the indigenous tribal communities of the State and conveyed that the State unequivocally opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 subsequently marked as Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Chief Minister further appealed that special provision is required to protect the interests of indigenous tribal communities of the State which shall be in accordance with the strong public sentiments. He further said that strong protective measures need to be incorporated in the said Bill.

“For the State of Arunachal Pradesh, all provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 (Regulation 5 of 1873) and all provisions of Sections 22, 23, 38 and 40 of the Chin Hills Regulation 1896 (Regulation No. 5 of 1896) shall be deemed to have been enacted under this Act and shall have effect accordingly; and that the provisions of this Act shall not be made applicable to any person who has been residing in or has entered or may enter the State of Arunachal Pradesh in violation of the Bengal East Frontier Regulation 1873 or the aforesaid provision of Chin Hills Regulations 1896 or the Criminal law Amendment Act, 1961 (Act No. 23 of 1961) as amended from time to time.”

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah, after hearing all the stakeholders, assured that entire regime of Inner Line Permit (ILP) of Arunachal Pradesh, including applicable provisions of Bengal East Frontier Regulation 1873 and the Chin Hills Regulations 1896, will be suitably incorporated in the proposed CAB,” read the statement.

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