TURA, Jan 12 - The Achik Youth Welfare Organisation (AYWO) today expressed solidarity with all the agitating NGOs in the North East against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). The NGO further denounced the Bill.
“From time immemorial, the tribes of NE India are self governed, independent and are proud of our culture, tradition and languages. Despite these uniqueness, the Central Government has proved that they don’t care about the wellbeing of NE. They passed the Bill without consulting us as stakeholders. We refuse to be minority in our own homeland,” said AYWO publicity secretary, Lyiend Roshan Marak.
“The recent development in Parliament and subsequent passing of CAB, has breached the secular fabric of India and invaded our personal space for their own political benefit. Their act clearly indicates that they have a little or no care for Northeastern people,” added the NGO.
PM, Narendra Modi’s assurance that the CAB would not affect the NE was also questioned by the NGO.
“If it is the matter of safety and security for the NE people, then, why did JPC fail to visit all Northeastern States except Barak Valley, Guwahati and Shillong? Why did they not seek consensus of the indigenous tribes of NE? Why this incomplete report?” asked the NGO.
The AYWO further sought unity among all the NE States in opposition to the CAB, 2016. To show solidarity with entire NE, we will hold a poster campaign on the theme ‘Save NE, Save Garo Hills’ in Tura, it added.