Arunachal govt forms panel to study new CAB

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Committee to interpret provisions of CAB to state people: Khandu

HT Correspondent

YINGKIONG, Oct 13: Arunachal Pradesh government has constituted a consultative committee to safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of the state following the Centre’s proposed move to enact Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

This was announced by chief minister Pema Khandu. Taking part in BJP’s Sankalp Yatra here to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the chief minister said the committee will bring together all the community-based organisations (CBO), civil societies and the students union of the state for consultation on CAB.

“The committee will take inputs from the civil society organisations on adding ‘safeguards’ to the proposed CAB bill so that the protections given to the tribal people of Arunachal under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 and Chin Hill Regulations Act, 1896 is not diluted,” he said adding that the committee would also be responsible for interpreting various provisions of the CAB and to add clauses for protection of Arunachali people.

Khandu further said Union home minister Amit Shah during the recent NEDA meeting in Guwahati had assured that CAB will not override any provisions that have for long protected the rights of the tribal people of the Northeast.

The chief minister also informed that state government had earlier opposed the CAB expressing its objection that the bill should not be tabled in the parliament without adequately addressing the concerns of the indigenous people of the state.

Speaking on boosting investment in the state, the chief minister announced to hold an investment summit focused at Arunachali entrepreneurs.

He said the objective of the summit will be to encourage Arunachali entrepreneurs to start investing in their own state in newer areas other than constructions.

The next step, the chief minister said will be directed at outside entrepreneurs. He said the state government also wishes to attempt at different model of investment that aims at joint investment by local and outside entrepreneurs.

Speaking on the tourism prospect of Upper Siang, the chief minister said that Pemakod region in the district is set to attract huge number of tourists from abroad and the country as it is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 7th century. He also said Buddhist circuit all over the world attracts huge inflow of tourists besides huge importance being given to it by the Union government on its development.

Earlier health minister Alo Libang and BJP MP Tapir Gao also spoke. Khandu also visited a fish farm area of a local progressive farmer and appreciated the farmer for optimally using the land for pisciculture, animal husbandry and rice cultivation. He also met local BJP workers during the yatra and interacted with them to strengthen the party.

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