SHILLONG, May 11: The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has joined in the widespread opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 proposed by the Centre to grant Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In this regard, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, PN Syiem expressed the shock felt by the Council over the move of the Centre to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the fact that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) had not consulted it on this important issue.
He said that the Committee which had visited the state for two days should have also taken the views of the autonomous district councils, which are empowered to protect the rights of the indigenous communities of the state and their land.
“However, we have decided to write to the JPC on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to express our strong opposition against the Bill,” Syiem said adding “The Council also suggests that the Centre strengthens the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution instead of the Bill.”
Meanwhile, the KHADC also expressed opposition against any move to issue work permit to Bangladeshi nationals.