GUWAHATI, Jan 7 - Senior journalist DN Chakravartty, in a statement, clarified the position in respect of the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act-2019, which has been passed in Parliament.
He said that a lot of confusion have disturbed the minds of the majority of the Assamese people who have not gone into the details of the Act.
“The Act presupposes that all those people who came to India prior to December 31, 2014, would be entitled for Indian citizenship. As such, there should not be any apprehension regarding a fresh influx of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jews coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan,” he said.
He also said that even supposing that there are people who have already taken shelter in Assam, the State government is entitled to make appropriate acts debarring any outsider, either from any part of India or outside, and they would not be entitled to get Indian citizenship as per the historic Assam Accord, which makes it compulsory that anyone who has come to Assam after 1971 would not be allowed to get citizenship.
“The Assamese people may request the Government of India to spare Assam and the Northeastern states from bearing any fresh influx of refugees from anywhere in the subcontinent,” he said.