Citizenship to Chakma Immigrants

The Indian Government is set to grant citizenship to one lakh Chakma-Hajongs immigrants residing in India, who fled from the religious conflicts in Chittagong in the 1960s. The Center, is however, unsure of the deporting procedures of the Rohingya, the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, will hold a meeting today with Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, to finalize the decision of granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajongs tribes.

The local tribal community of Arunachal Pradesh has vehemently opposed giving any land right to the Chakma-Hajongs.

According to a senior Home Ministry official, the Chakma-Hajongs, who would be granted citizenships, will not have any land ownership rights in Arunachal Pradesh.

The official, on the account of anonymity, said, “The Chakmas would be free to own land elsewhere in India except Arunachal Pradesh. They could also continue to live in transit camps where they have been inhabited from 1964 to 1965.”

However, there was a looming uncertainty on the deportation of the Rohingya immigrants.

According to the senior official, the immigrants need to be first identified since most of them claim to be Indians.

“The number of Rohingya living in India is an estimate figure by the intelligence agencies,” the official added.

Rajnath Singh said at a press conference in Jammu, “We have plans for illegal immigrants and necessary action will be taken soon. They are illegal immigrants, and we are not ruling out the possibility of a security threat. We will wait and watch.”

Following the decision to deport Rohingyas, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticized India’s move to deport Rohingyas.

Hussein said, “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or serious violations.”

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Home Affairs, responded saying that the government had not confirmed its plans to deport Rohingya immigrants. However, the State government has launched measures to identify the illegal immigrants, and take suitable action.