On Monday, the Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet agreed to have a final discussion on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) with all stakeholders before sending the recommendation of the state government to the Centre, said an official statement.
The issue's "last consultative session" will take place under Home Minister Bamang Felix's chairmanship on Wednesday. It is likely that the CAB will be tabled in Parliament's Winter Session.
“Considering the sensitivity of the issue, it was decided to have a final discussion with all the stakeholders together and forward the recommendations to the Union Home Ministry,” the statement issued by the cabinet secretary said.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu convened Monday’s special Cabinet meeting to discuss the report of the Consultative Committee on the CAB, which was submitted to the state government during the day.
The Advisory Committee held meetings with political parties, bodies of students and community-based organizations to seek their views on the CAB and to prepare a detailed report on the subject.
Felix had previously said that attention would be given to the views provided by these stakeholders before finalizing the recommendations of the committee to be submitted to the state government.
The guidelines will be focused on the constitutional provisions and specific laws and rules protecting the interests of the state's indigenous people. The state government will send the recommendations to the Center, official sources said, to ensure that appropriate provisions were implemented into the CAB to protect the interests of the state's citizens.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on October 1 that the CAB will be passed by the Parliament, which will grant Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan citizenship after seven years in the country, even if they do not have proper documents.
Northeastern indigenous people, however, believe that these people's entry would jeopardize their heritage and livelihood.
During a North East Democratic Alliance meeting in Guwahati in September, Shah, also president of BJP, said the North East states ' concerns would be integrated into the CAB and sought suggestions on the subject.
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