Silchar, July 14: Citizens’ Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC), Assam, has expressed its surprise and astonishment at the non-inclusion of Bengali Hindu refugees of Indian origin who are staying in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa and other states of India in the recently taken Cabinet decision of the Central Government. Nripendra Chandra Saha, president, Sadhan Purkayastha, secretary general, and Bidhayak Das Purkayastha, general secretary, of CRPC, stated that the rendra Modi Government at the Centre has taken a Cabinet decision to provide citizenship benefits to the religious minorities belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who came to India on long term visa.
As per the Cabinet decision, the Citizenship Act of 2009 will be amended to accommodate these people in the 16 districts of 7 states of the country, Chattisgarh, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The leaders of CRPC strongly feel that the Centre has always shown a step-motherly attitude towards the Bengalis who sacrificed their lives and properties for the freedom of the tion. It is to be highlighted that the contribution of the Bengalis in the freedom movement and all round development of the country in the post-independence era is not less than any other community. It is the Bengali Hindus who were made scapegoats in the me of partition and were the worst sufferers since pre-independence till date.
CRPC demands of the Ministry of Home Affairs to clarify their stand regarding the Gazette Notification issued on September 7, 2015 and the Order which is called the Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015. The leaders of CRPC opines that the partition victims of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, were compelled to leave their tive lands and properties due to religious persecution and take shelter in different parts of Assam and other states of country. The question of visa or other documents does not arise in case of these ill fated people. They came empty-handed only with their lives.
They were no way responsible for the partition of the country. The present Central Government assured the Bengali Hindus before the last Lok Sabha elections and recently concluded assembly elections that they will be given citizenship if BJP government comes to power. Since both the Centre and the state is governed by the BJP led alliance, it is their responsibility as committed to fulfill their promises as the Bengali Hindus played a major role in bringing the government to power. CRPC presses for granting citizenship to the Bengali Hindus without any dilution.