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Don’t create restless environment, says Assam government in appeal to CAA protestors

With protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) getting resumed after almost two years, Assam government has appealed to the agitating organisations not to create any restless environment as recruitment examinations for almost 30,000 posts will soon start.

Assam Minister of Information and Public Relations, Pijush Hazarika said that some organizations getting themselves involved in protest against CAA during this period when the government is having recruitment examinations for almost 30,000 posts, the minister appealed to all concerned not to create any restless environment.

He said, “we may have differences in terms of our ideology, but one should not create a restless environment during one of the largest recruitment drives of the state government, keeping the job aspirants as the hostages”.

Minister Hazarika said,” During the 2019 protest against CAA, some leaders and organizations had misled the common people with twisted and wrong facts and statements. Some miscreants even damaged many properties in Guwahati including Sankardev Kalakshetra in the name of protesters then. Yet the people understood the reality and gave mandate to the present government”.

He added, “While asked about applicants from other states appearing for state government jobs, governments are always run under laws of the Constitution and under rules and regulations of the country, if they are eligible to apply for a few posts, we should not stop them”.

The minister said that 14,30,337 candidates are expected to appear for the recruitment examinations for recruitment into nearly 30,000 Grade III and Grade IV posts for different State government departments. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had already held a virtual meeting with the DCs and other stakeholders on Wednesday and briefed them with all necessary instructions for the examinations which will be held on 21, 28 August and 11 September, 2022.

On Wednesday after a lull protest, Northeast Students organisation (NESO) staged protests across the region on Wednesday.Police in Guwahati barricaded the office of All Assam Students Union to dissuade the protestors from marching. However, NESO members displayed placards opposing CAA from inside the AASU office.

Assam witnessed bitter protests in 2019 and early 2020 when the Citizenship Amendment Act — which aims to make minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible to apply for Indian citizenship — was passed by Parliament.

Five people were killed in the protests. There was a large-scale violence curfew for several days.

CAA is opposed by different organizations as according to them it is against the Assam Accord. According to the Assam Accord, signed after a six-year anti-foreigners’ movement, led by AASU, the cut-off date for detecting foreigners in Assam is March 24, 1971. AASU led the movement from 1979-1985.

ILP was introduced in Manipur at the height of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests. CAA exempts areas under the Sixth Schedule and ILP. Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur are presently under ILP, besides the 10 areas under the Sixth Schedule in the northeast

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