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NESO demands NRC in NE states

Continuing with its demand for total withdrawal of Citizen (Amendment) Bill 2016, Foreigner (Amendment) Order 2015, Passport (Entry in to India) Notification 2015 and long term visa, the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) started their series of Northeast-wide agitations in Guwahati here on Tuesday, a TNT report stated.

The NESO – a students’ body comprising of the Khasi Students’ Union, All Assam Students’ Union, Naga Students’ Federation, Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Twipra Students’ Federation, All Manipur Students’ Union, Garo Students’ Union  and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union representing eight major students’ movements of the seven states of the North East Region had, two weeks back, announced the list of activities. Speakers from the eight students’ organisations warned the Centre of serious agitations if the Citizenship (amendment) Bill was passed without taking the indigenous communities into account. 

They also asked the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the Citizenship Bill to visit other NE states and review the situation before coming to a conclusion.

Protest programme will also be organized on November 30 in all state capitals of the seven states by the component organizations of NESO.

Following this, a protest rally will be organized in New Delhi at the beginning of the Parliament session. Member organization of NESO will meet the Ministers, MLAs and MPs of respective seven states to appeal and demand to oppose the Citizenship Bill.

NESO has demanded preparation of NRC for all the states of the North East Region. 

“The state governments must fix the modalities after discussion with respective students’ body of the states. The process should start immediately,” NESO chairman, Samuel Jyrwa had earlier stated.

The NESO remains seriously concerned with problem of illegal immigration, said Jyrwa adding that the problem is creating all kinds of social tensions and anxieties in the states. “Tripura has already lost its tribal identity. 

The illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are on the verge of outnumbering the indigenous population of Assam in near future,” added the Northeast student’s leader.

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