AIZAWL, Sept 6 - The newly-floated North East Indigenous People�s Forum (NEIPF) has reaffirmed its opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill here today.
Addressing reporters, its chairman Yamnamcha Dilipkumar, who is from Manipur, said the forum has been formed to oppose the contentious Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha in January this year.
The NEIPF is a conglomeration of civil society organisations of the seven North Eastern States, he said.
The forum was formed under an initiative taken by the Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, which had launched a North East campaign tour from January 27 to March 18, reaching out to all States of the region to jointly oppose the Bill.
In its first federal assembly held in Aizawl yesterday, the NEIPF passed resolutions seeking implementation of the Inner Line Permit system in all the NE States and appealed for passage of legislation by all the State Assemblies in the region to carry out an NRC-like exercise in their respective States.
The NEIPF also urged the Governor of Mizoram to give his assent to the Mizoram Household Registration Bill, 2019, passed by the Mizoram Assembly in March this year. The Bill provides for carrying out an NRC-like exercise in Mizoram for detection of illegal migrants. The NEFIP also reaffirmed the resolution adopted at its Shillong meeting on implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and other such rights mentioned in international declarations and conventions.