Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh firmly claims that the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will not give any negative impact on the State if it comes into force.
The minister was speaking as the chief guest during the prize distribution ceremony of a state-level essay writing competition 2019 on the theme ‘Citizenship Amendment Bill’ held on Monday at MSFDS, Palace Compound.
Radheshyam, continuing his deliberation, said people of the State have been opposing CAB knowingly or unknowingly with the apprehension that the Bill, after being passed in the parliament, will lead to an influx of illegal migrants. However, the objective of the Bill is totally against such doubts, he said.
Further he said the main purpose of the Bill is to give constitutional safeguard to the religious minorities–Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian–settling in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The minorities have been facing religious persecutions from extremist groups in their respective nation, he added.
He said there is nothing to panic about CAB and it will not let to illegal influx of migrants in the State, in an attempt to clarify the misconception of the public. The religious minorities who had reached India till December 2014 may apply for citizenship of India through the official process. But so far the State has not received any such applications, he claimed.
“CAB will not give a negative impact on the State. People can share their constructive views and ideas if it is going to affect the State,” he asserted.
He also expressed his desire to have an open discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of passing CAB 2016 instead of launching agitations. Protest and agitations will disturb the academic atmosphere of the State which will harm the career of the future generation, he said.
Meanwhile, the state-level essay writing competition 2019 was held with an objective to enhance extra knowledge apart from the academic syllabi, and also to improve personality and writing skills, he added while congratulating the winners and participants of the competition
The winners of the state-level essay writing competition are Ria Thokchom, class IX of Heritage Convent Imphal West stood first, Sagolshem Dayananda, Class XI of Vision Creative School of Science, Thoubal District bagged the second position and the third position was given to Florence Nengneivah Baite, Class XI of St. Pail’s Institute, Churachandpur district. Moreover, prizes were also distributed to the winners of the best essay for all 17 zones of the State.
The competition was organised by the Department of education (School) under the sponsorship of Samagra Shiksha Manipur for the students studying in Class IX-XII on November 2.
Other dignitaries who attended the function were commissioner of education, Kh Raghumani Singh, director, education (S), Thokchom Kirankumar and director, higher and technical education, Malemnganba Chenglei as president and guests of honour respectively.