|ACKHSA for correct NRC sans harassment|
SILCHAR, June 3 - Clarifying its stance on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State, the All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA) said that they want a clear and correct NRC which will put an end to the vexed issue, but the results should not be at the cost of harassing genuine Indian citizens.
Professor Niranjan Dutta, a former HoD of Political Science at GC College and now an adviser to the students’ association told a group of reporters, “Law is the command and sanction of the sovereign. But the theory seems to be starkly opposite in the State, with the way things are progressing. The visit of the JPC in Barak Valley, as we construe, was actually a tacit ploy to reflect misgivings among people in Barak Valley on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. We urge the people of the valley to stand united on the issue and echo the demand for the 2014 Lok Sabha election voters’ list to be considered the yardstick for a solution.”
On the other hand, the chief adviser of the students’ association in Barak Valley urged Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take punitive action against the members of the All Assam Karmachari Parishad for speaking against the norms of the Constitution by opposing the Bill.
“The step taken by the Karmachari Parishad violates Section 7 of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules 1968 which states that no member of the service can criticise or speak in the media against policies or actions taken by the Central or State Government.”
Meanwhile, a senior advocate of the Gauhati High Court and founder president of ACKHSA has urged the All Assam Students’ Union to visit Barak Valley and speak to the people regarding the Bill.
“Since the AASU leaders are taking the opinion of the people across Brahmaputra Valley, they must also come to Barak Valley and learn about the views of the people here,” Dutta said. He also sent a memorandum to the Chief Justice of India highlighting the apprehensions of the people of Barak Valley on the Bill.