Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed hope on Wednesday that the Central Government has addressed the issues and concerns raised on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by several political parties and civil society groups.
Unlike last year, Sangma said that on this bill, the concerns of the Northeast people were taken into account.
He said this time the Centre has taken a different approach to the bill and initiated communications with the state governments.
In addition, he said that representatives from various political parties and civil society groups have voiced their concerns about how the bill would impact the indigenous people in Meghalaya in recent discussions with union home minister Amit Shah.
Conrad was of the opinion that the fact that the Center has also agreed to make changes throughout the process also shows that it is concerned about the effects it might have on the rest of the Northeast.
Union Cabinet gave its nod to the CAB on Wednesday to provide Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh with Indian nationality.
Cabinet approval came after Amit Shah held consultative meetings in New Delhi with North-East state chief ministers, leaders of various political parties and civil society groups, and other stakeholders.
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