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Chakmas may get citizenship soon

DNMUM396545 | 9/13/2017 | Author : Abhishek Bhalla | WC :266 | India



New Delhi: The Centre is likely to grant citizenship to Chakmas, a Buddhist community, and the Hindu Hajong community, both displaced from the erstwhile east Pakistan in the mid-1960s. If the plan goes through, it will have a huge impact on the debate surrounding Rohingyas from Myanmar, who have been declared illegal immigrants and might be deported soon.
The Chakma and the Hajong communities had escaped their country in 1960s, after their lands were flooded by the Kapti Dam. Nearly 1 lakh refugees belonging to these groups are based in Arunachal Pradesh.
A meeting on the subject, to be chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will be held on Wednesday. Other senior officials and Arunchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu
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