Opposition of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016

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Respected Sir,

We the undersigned have the honour to express the following few facts for your kind consideration regarding the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Act.

Sir, as citizens of this country we register our deep anxiety and distress at the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Act under consideration of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament. Whatever humanitarian consideration prompted the proposed amendment granting citizenship to persons belonging to minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, it is going to be highly inimical to the indigenous people of Assam and to the federal structure of the state. 

At the moment, based on Assam Accord, at the intervention of the Supreme Court of India and on the instruction of the Central government, the Government of Assam is engaged in intensive updating of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) to include people permanently residing in the state till 24th March 1971 and to treat them alone as genuine citizens of the country. 

The present attempt of the Central Government to extend citizenship beyond the cutoff date of 24th March, 1971 is not acceptable to the people of Assam. The state of Assam is already overburdened with high influx of foreign nationals from Bangladesh, causing serious economic and social distress and identity crisis for the indigenous communities of Assam. Under these circumstances, the proposed amendment poses an existential threat to the existing indigenous communities. 

In view of the above, we request you kindly to take initiative for withdrawing the proposed amendment, or at the very least to exempt the state of Assam from the purview of the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act. 

Thanking you,


Yours faithfully


Apurba Sharma
Prabhat Borah
Jnan Puzari
Bibhash Choudhury
Dr.Anjan kr Ojah
Bitopan Borborah
Dr.Jayanta kr.Sharma
Mridul Sarma
Smritirekha Devi
Bedanta Puzari
Pulin Kalita
Dr.Arabinda Rajkhuwa
Debabhuson Borah
Dilip Phukon
Bondona Borthakur
Indrajit Berbaruah
Mitul Dutta
Siddhartha Sankar Bezboruah
Ratul kr.Lahan
Dadul Debokrishna
Siddhartha Sankar Kalita
Kanki Bordoloi
Pradip Saikia
Dr.Prayag Saikia
Udoy Borua
Rajib Bora
Abedur Rahman
Ashim Chutia
Bandita Borua
Pranab Thakuria
Suman Dutta
Rupam Sharma
Pratyush Ranjan Bhagawati
Gajen Milli
Nabin Buragohain
Bubul Sharma
Dr.Kalyan Bhuyan
Ashirvad Sarma
Kukil Saikia

Assam, India



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