Bill in Assam's interest: Union minister

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is in the interest of the people of Assam and people of the state should not oppose it, Union MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar said here today.

Talking to media on the sidelines of a programme, he said, “This Bill is in the interests of the people of Assam. There is nothing detrimental against the people of Assam in this Bill.”

He pointed that the Bill allows the migrants of the specific religious communities to settle anywhere in the country and said, “These people are facing forceful conversions in their countries now. If they want to save their religion and settle in India, there should be no problem.”

Gurjar asserted that these people who would benefit from the Bill were ‘once residents of India’ and hence, ‘if they want to return and settle in any part of the country, there should be no problem’.

The Union minister’s comments come at a time when Assam is on a boil against The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India.

The Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha by a voice vote, but is pending in Rajya Sabha. (UNI)