Kohima, Jan 26: Nagaland Governor P B Acharya today said that the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) is not a concern for the people of the state, as the state is enjoying the provisions of the Constitution with Article 372 (A) and Inner Line Permit.
Unfurling the national tricolour on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day celebration at the Secretariat Plaza here this morning, Mr Acharya said, the constitutional provisions under Article 371 (A) is a special provisions to safeguard the rights of the people of Nagaland is an opportunity to grow and develop according to the own genius. The CAB was recently passed in Lok Sabha, which is not applicable to Nagaland due to Article 371 (A) and the Inner Line Permit mechanism as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, which was reaffirmed as Clause 16 of the 16-Point Agreement.
“We further appeal to the Central Government to have wider consultations with all North Eastern States to ensure that the rights of the indigenous people are fully protected. We also decided to refer the CAB, 2016 to the Standing Committee non Article 371 (A) under the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to examine the issues in its entirety,” he said.
The Governor also said that the settlement of the Naga political issue is at top priority of his Government and has been committed to play the role of active facilitator in the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and Naga National Political Groups (NNPG). With the concerted efforts of the tribal Hohos, the church, civil societies, NGOs and the NNPGs, different groups have come together and this seems to be the most opportune time for the Naga Political groups to resolve the seven-decade old Naga Political issue.
He also gave accounts of the different developmental activities of his Government.
Earlier, the Governor took the salute of 13 contingencies of Military, Para military forces and Police, Home Guards, Village Guards, ex-servicemen and Scouts and Guides.
Following the boycott call by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), several students’ bodies have boycotted the Republic Day functions throughout the state. (UNI)