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Citizenship applications by Chakmas and Hajongs not eligible :

Press Trust of India  |  Itanagar 

The government has forwarded 1798 by Chakma and Hajong refugees to the foreigners division of the MHA along with the recommendation that the applicants are not eligible for grant of citizenship, its Kumar Waii informed the assembly today.

Responding to a supplementary question from member Pani Taram during question hour asking what circumstances compelled the to forward the applications, Waii said that the recommendations were made before the state assembly adopted a resolution last year not to grant citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs in the state.

The in an order of September 17, 2015 directed the Centre as well as the to finalise the conferment of citizenship rights on eligible Chakmas and Hajongs.

"Accordingly the were processed and the deputy commissioners of the affected districts carried the requisite exercise of verification and forwarded reports to the stating that none of the applicants satisfies all the conditions laid down under Section 5(1)(a) of the Citizenship Act of 1955, he said.

The state government had forwarded all the applications to the MHA, he added.

When senior member C T Mein pointed out that more than 2000 Chakmas had illegally settled at Diyun Reserve forest and wanted to know the steps taken by the government to evict them and identify the illegal refugees in the state, Waii said that the government had already issued directives to all the respective deputy commissioners and action would be initiated after getting the reports from them.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:00 IST