New delhi sources stated that the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be introduced in the lok sabha by union home minister amit shah on Monday. Meanwhile the Bill seeks to grant indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from pakistan, bangladesh and afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. Furthermore according to the lower house list of business for monday, in the afternoon, the home minister will introduce the Bill to amend the six decade old Citizenship Act and later in the day, it will be taken up for discussion and passage.
Perhaps the Bill has triggered widespread protests in northeastern states with a large section of people and organisations opposing the Bill, saying it will nullify the provisions of the assam Accord of 1985, which fixed march 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion. Apparently members of hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and christian communities, who have come from pakistan, bangladesh and afghanistan, till december 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given indian citizenship, according to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019.
Moreover the influential North east Students' Organisation (NESO) calling an 11-hour bandh on december 10 in the region. Perhaps to assuage feelings of tribals of the Northeast, where many feel that permanent settlement of illegal immigrants will disturb the region's demography, the government has made provisions under which the Bill will not be applicable in the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime areas and those tribal regions that are governed under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.