Kohima, January 15 (NE): Suspended Naga People’s Front (NPF), Nagaland Rajya Sabha MP, KG Kenye on Wednesday, January 15, issues an explanation on why he supported the Citizenship Amendment Act and voted in favour in the Parliament on December 11, 2019.
During the debate on the motion of thanks to the Presidential address in the monsoon session in June/July 2019 in the Upper House (Rajya Sabha), I have suggested working out certain modalities and mechanism for each state respectively in the North Eastern region due to the different situation and history. This was followed by a series of protest outside the Parliament of India hectic parleys, lobbying and consultations continued also with the Nagaland team on the 3rd of December 2019 in New Delhi and continued till the new bill was rectified in the last minute to incorporate the Inner Line (BEFR 1873) as Sec.6B clause 1-4 when it was placed in Lok Sabha on the 9th of December 2019, KG Kenye stated.
Responding to the determined stand, the Union Government yielded to our pressure by rectifying the old CAB 2016 and incorporated special section 6B clause 4 which reads “nothing in this section shall apply to Tribal area of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the sixth schedule to the constitution and the area covered under “The Inner Line” notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier regulation 1873″, in the new redrafted Amendment Bill on the 9th of december 2019 which have been passed by both the houses of Parliament and has now become an act in the constitution of India. Therefore, the two most important essences which were missing for the last 64 years have now been addressed which are;
1- Subjecting and binding the provision of the ILP (BEFR of 1873) on all citizens of India under “Restrictions and Conditions” in the Principal Citizenship Act of 1955.
2- Ensuring the permanent extension and coverage of the ILP (BEFR of 1873) regulation in the referred tribal areas (Nagaland). Thus, giving it a permanent nature which cannot be scrapped by a mere union government notification/ memo/ order. Unlike the earlier position the ILP – BEF Regulation of 1873 cannot be challenged in any court of law which otherwise was dragged to the Supreme Court of India.
Though all the opposition MPs from North Eastern states were protesting against CAB 2016 shoulder to shoulder, inside or outside the Parliament, the demands and reasons are different from state to state.
For me the interest of my state and our people remains my priority. So fully understanding that our demand was met by inserting the protective ‘Provisions’ as rectified and incorporated in the redrafted bill of 9th December 2019, I extended an ‘Issue based’ support when the bill was placed in the Rajya Sabha on 11th of December 2019, he added.
To bolster and fortify the ILP regulations, it may be worthwhile for the Government of Nagaland to explore for creation of an ‘ILP enforcement Directorate’ having subordinate district and sub divisional level Enforcement’ squads’ across the state since it is now bestowed with sweeping powers. It must also work out modalities and mechanism to ensure stringent enforcement of the provisions as provided to deal effectively with all threats confronting us today and also to strongly secure our future which comes along with the population influx from outside the state, stated KG Kenye.
K.G. Kenye also extended gratitude to the government of United Kingdom on behalf of all the Naga people and all the indigenous tribal communities inhabiting the North Eastern Region who have immensely benefited under the protective shield of ILP- BEFR 1873 ever since its Inception for the last 147 years. He also thanks Union government of India for incorporating the ILP- BEFR of 1873 into the most appropriate act of the Constitution of India under the ‘Principal Citizenship Act of 1955’ through the latest amendment.