DIMAPUR, Feb 10 - The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) on Saturday sought intervention of Governor PB Acharya on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB), identity of Naga women and Nagaland State Women Commission.
The Association said it sought the Governor’s intervention in continuation with its discussion on these issues with him in his office in Kohima on January 24.
In a memorandum to the Governor, the NMA expressed deep concern that the CAB will open the floodgates for more illegal immigrants into the State “under the guise of religion”.
It said the Nagaland Government did not raise any objection when the controversial Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, putting the future of our children at stake.
The NMA said the earlier stand of the State Government on the Bill brought much disappointment and alleged that it was not be ready to protect the identity and rights of the indigenous people of the State.
However, the NMA said it was relieved that the State Government decided to oppose the Bill in its Cabinet meeting on January 28.
Stating that the Inner Line Permit is not being effectively checked by authorities at the main gateway of Nagaland in Dimapur, the Association said citing protection of Article 371 (A) as a recourse for every issue is unfortunate. It said the Nagas are well aware of the weight of the Indian Constitution over such special provisions.
The NMA objected and questioned Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s statement in Tuensang on January 13 in trying to divert the seriousness of the CAB by proposing to create a debatable issue on the identity of Naga women.
“In a democratic society, any proposed law which affects the life and welfare of Naga women must also take into account the voices of women themselves, who are almost half of the State’s population,” it said.