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Centre seized with citizenship Bill issue: Mukhi

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NEW DELHI, June 5 - Treading cautiously, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi today said the Centre is seized of the matter arising out of concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and it will not take any decision without first discussing it with the people of Assam.

Interacting with newsmen here this afternoon, the Governor reiterated what Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said last week. Singh had said that any further steps regarding the citizenship Bill would be taken only after thorough consultations with all stakeholders and efforts would be made to address the concerns of people of Assam in this regard.

Asked whether the citizenship Bill issue figured at the Governor�s Conclave convened by the President that concluded here today, Mukhi declined to comment. �The Government of India is seized with the matter and the Union Home Minister has given a statement in this regard,� he said.

However, asked about his opinion on the issue, the Governor observed that the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys are divided over the Bill. He also acknowledged that besides political parties, social, cultural and literary bodies are also agitated over the issue.

Asked about the National Register of Citizen (NRC) issue, the Governor said credit should go to the Supreme Court which is monitoring the exercise. �The people of Assam had to face some hardship as they had to stand in line. We have to wait till June 30 when the final draft will come out,� he said.

�Today we are positive that good results will come out. The government employees are doing a good job. The civic polls in Assam had to be postponed because of unavailability of the employees,� he said.

Earlier, narrating some of the measures he has taken towards the cleanliness campaign in the State, Mukhi said he has passed directions to all government offices to undertake cleanliness work and deputy commissioners have been instructed to submit online reports.

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Centre seized with citizenship Bill issue: Mukhi

NEW DELHI, June 5 - Treading cautiously, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi today said the Centre is seized of the matter arising out of concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and it will not take any decision without first discussing it with the people of Assam.

Interacting with newsmen here this afternoon, the Governor reiterated what Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said last week. Singh had said that any further steps regarding the citizenship Bill would be taken only after thorough consultations with all stakeholders and efforts would be made to address the concerns of people of Assam in this regard.

Asked whether the citizenship Bill issue figured at the Governor�s Conclave convened by the President that concluded here today, Mukhi declined to comment. �The Government of India is seized with the matter and the Union Home Minister has given a statement in this regard,� he said.

However, asked about his opinion on the issue, the Governor observed that the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys are divided over the Bill. He also acknowledged that besides political parties, social, cultural and literary bodies are also agitated over the issue.

Asked about the National Register of Citizen (NRC) issue, the Governor said credit should go to the Supreme Court which is monitoring the exercise. �The people of Assam had to face some hardship as they had to stand in line. We have to wait till June 30 when the final draft will come out,� he said.

�Today we are positive that good results will come out. The government employees are doing a good job. The civic polls in Assam had to be postponed because of unavailability of the employees,� he said.

Earlier, narrating some of the measures he has taken towards the cleanliness campaign in the State, Mukhi said he has passed directions to all government offices to undertake cleanliness work and deputy commissioners have been instructed to submit online reports.