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Will oppose citizenship bill if it is against interests of Nagas: Rio

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Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu

Rio today said the state cabinet has decided that it will oppose the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, if it is against the interest of the Nagas.

He said the cabinet discussed the issue at length yesterday.

"During yesterday's cabinet meeting it was decided that if the proposed amendment bill is against the interests of the Nagas, the state government will go against such amendments and will take up the issues with the Centre," he said.

Rio, however, said the "the state cabinet is of the view that Nagaland is protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution and the Inner Line Permit regulations."

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.

A key amendment in the bill, however, seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India.

Meanwhile, official sources said the state cabinet has constituted a ministerial committee to examine the women reservation issue in the state.

The committee will be headed by minister G Kaito Aye as Convener with ministers CM Chang, Neiba Kronu, P Paiwang Konyak, Jacob Zhimomi and MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon as members.

The committee would hold discussions with the tribal Hohos and all other stakeholders in order to come to conclusion on the issue of granting women reservation in urban local bodies.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, June 06 2018. 21:00 IST