GUWAHATI, May 15 - The Gauhati University Teachers’ Association (GUTA) has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, violates the secular spirit of the Constitution of India and goes against the interests of the people of Assam.
In an executive body meeting held yesterday, the Association said the Bill provisions dilute the spirit of the Assam Accord. It said the Bill would jeopardise the very identity of the indigenous people of the State.
Possibilities are very high of the indigenous people getting alienated from their own land and losing hold over the economy, which has already been eroded to a great extent due to lack of any Constitutional safeguards, in spite of a clear mention in the Assam Accord, the Association said in a release.
In view of the assurance given by the Chief Minister that no such Act would be patronised by his Government, the Association demanded that the assurance be given a concrete shape in the form of a Cabinet resolution to scrap the Bill.