New Delhi: The members of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) will be meeting in the national capital to discuss Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday. Representatives of the Home Ministry and Law Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs will be present in the meeting. (CATCH LIVE UPDATES ON ASSAM BANDH)

It is to be noted here that over 40 organisations, including Congress, have called for a 12-hour Assam bandh to protest against the government’s bid to pass the Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament. In order to avoid any untoward incident, the Assam government has instructed all district magistrates and superintendents of police to take all measures to maintain the public utility services.

The state government has also directed all district administrations to ensure that there is no bandh, with all deputy commissioners issuing orders that all shops, business establishments, educational institutions remain open, transport facilities should function normally and all government officials should attend to their duties, official sources said.

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) is also not supporting the bandh as the students’ body has a policy of not calling bandhs but “others have the democratic right to protest”, AASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi told PTI.

Meanwhile, various district administrations in Assam have asked all the essential service providers to continue their services on October 23 and to renounce the bandh call of different organisations.

A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the bill had visited Guwahati and Silchar in May to gather views of political and social organisations as well the general public on the proposed amendment.

Opinions on the Bill, however, appeared divided in Assam, with people in Barak valley voicing support to it, while those in Brahmaputra valley opposing the amendment tooth and nail.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014.

(With PTI inputs)