SHILLONG, Dec 4 - Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that he would study the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, which was approved by the Union Cabinet today, before taking a decision on it.
Sangma said: “I have not seen the content…once we go through it (CAB), we would be in a better position to decide.”
He, however, added that “the most important thing to note is that the Union Government has adopted a different approach” this time while approving of the Bill.
Sangma said that wide-ranging consultations were held with over 100 organisations on the Bill, and the Union Home Ministry heard and noted their concerns.
Out of these 100-odd organisations, 23 were from Meghalaya and the Home Ministry had written to each one of them, inviting for discussions on the CAB.
The 23 organisations were heard for over an hour. “I personally met the Home Minister four times and discussed the Bill and raised concerns of the indigenous people of the North East and Meghalaya in particular,” he said.
Last year when the Bill was introduced in Parliament no discussion was held and nobody was aware of it. “This year the Government has started communicating, which shows their concern,” he added.
The Chief Minister said the Home Ministry had agreed to bring amendments to the new Bill. The Home Ministry has also explained why it was trying to bring the Bill, he added.