GUWAHATI, Jan 20 - Joining the stir against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP), the apex body of State government employees in Assam, has stated that the State government employees would hit the streets in protest against the bill and the government would be responsible for such a situation in Assam.
The Karmachari Parishad would stage a state-wide three-hour sit-in protest on January 30 and also extend its full support to the Khilanjiyar Bajraninad (clarion call of the indigenous) planned by the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) on January 23.
“Despite the widespread protest against the anti-Assamese bill from all sections of the society, the Union government went ahead with its plan to pass the bill in Lok Sabha. The government totally neglected the opinion of the people of Assam and used its power to pave way for imposing such damaging legislation on the people,” said Fakharuddin Ahmed, general secretary of the Parishad.
The employees’ body stated that its members have always supported the cause of the State and its people and would continue to do so in future as well. “We were a part of the people’s movement in the State from 1979 to 1985. Through their active participation in the movement, the government employees of the State proved that their jobs were not above the interest of Assam and its people. Out of the 860 martyrs, 68 employees laid their lives during the movement,” the Parishad leaders said, adding that the Assam Accord signed at the end of the movement was mutually accepted by the Union government, the State government and the people of Assam, and there should not be any reason to violate the main provision of the accord.
“March 24, 1971, has been mutually accepted as the cut-off date for the migrants entering Assam. Now, giving citizenship on the basis of religion is not just against the people of the State but also against the Constitution of India,” said Parishad president Bashab Chandra Kalita.
On January 30, all district units of the SAKP will stage protests from 11 am to 2 pm at the DC office and circle offices in their respective areas.