SHILLONG, May 11: Friday marked the last of the two – day hearing of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JCP) on the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Meghalaya after which the committee will submit its recommendation to Lok Sabha in which it will mention various states opposing this vexed bill.
Sources here informed that though no formal memorandum was submitted by the state to the committee, the Meghalaya Government made verbal submission before the committee.
JPC chairperson Rajendra Agarwal meanwhile said that the committee is entrusted with the task to visit various states and meet respective stakeholders and take their view forward to the Centre.
“Whatever views and suggestions we have received here, our duty is to incorporate that while making our recommendation. We are a Parliamentary Committee to study the views of the stakeholders,” Aggarwal said asked about his views on the ongoing protest against the Bill in Meghalaya and other states.
Rajya Sabha MP, Bhubaneswar Kalita who is one of the members of the committee said that during this visit to the state and meetings with various stakeholders, everyone was opposed the amendment bill as there were rather demands for implementation of ILP which were raised by some groups.
The JPC was formed following protests from Opposition parties in Parliament over the BJP-led Centre’s attempt to pass the bill. The JPC has visited several states in connection with the bill so far.
Earlier, amidst protests by social and students’ organizations, the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2016 held its two-day hearing in Meghalaya.
The bill, which the BJP-led NDA government wants to push through, seeks to grant citizenship to minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014 to escape from religious persecution.
Organizations such as the Khasi Students’ Union, Federation of Khasi-Jaintia and Garo People and Hynniewtrep National Youth Front staged protests outside the State Convention Centre in Shillong where the 16-member JPC team, led by BJP Lok Sabha member Rajendra Agarwal, conducted the hearing.
The protests followed the decision of Meghalaya cabinet to oppose the bill.