About five lakh Assam government employees have decided to join in the raging protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The Assam government employees have joined hands with Sodou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP), the apex body of the government employees in Assam and hold a three-hour sit-in demonstration on 30 January across the state.
Out of the total 860 martyrs of the Assam Movement, 68 were government employees and members of the SAKP,” said Fakhruddin Ahmed, general secretary, SAKP.
Passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, the Bill is yet to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties, students’ bodies and the civil society in the state are protesting against the Bill, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.