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DIMAPUR, JULY 28 (MExN): With the release of the second National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the Assam Government slated on July 30, Leader of Opposition in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, TR Zeliang has urged all political parties irrespective of party affiliations, NGOs, tribal hohos, students organizations and village councils including individuals to come out in unison against the influx of illegal immigrants, suspected to be from Bangladesh, into the State.
A public appeal issued by the Leader of Opposition on Saturday stated that out of the 3.29 crore people of Assam who had applied for inclusion of their names in the NRC since 2015, the first draft contained names of 1.9 crore Indian citizens living in Assam while the names of remaining 1.39 crore had undergone various stages of verification with the final list reported to be released on Monday.
Under such a paradigm, Zeliang questioned whether Nagaland is prepared to protect itself if several thousands of illegal immigrants from Assam who do not find their names in the NRC list starts infiltrating into the State.
He said villages bordering Assam in particular must be more vigilant and adopt measures to thwart off any infiltration attempt by illegal immigrants.
While advisories issued by the State Home Department on the matter are commendable, Zeliang however averred that a one-time checking cannot bring forth any tangible result. Further, the vulnerability and effectiveness of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is moreover, a contentious subject and is not wholly reliable, he stated.
Zeliang has therefore suggested that the State Government must device sustainable mechanisms by bringing an ordinance in the Assembly for regulation of a permanent system in the State.
Furthermore, in order to avoid future complication within the non-local population in the State, the Government should bring out clear-cut guidelines and carry out house to house enumeration for identification of non-locals who had entered the State before and after 1963, he proposed.
Pointing out that several non-locals working in paddy fields on product-sharing basis including masons, shop-keepers, builders, daily wage-earners etc. have returned back to their respective places for registration and the vacuum was being felt in many sectors, Zeliang said it is time to rise above the occasion and lend support to one another to curb the “menace” of illegal immigrants suspected to be from Bangladesh to “restore our identity, our livelihood and our future.”
In this connection, Zelaing has appealed to the people of Nagaland to be watchful and more importantly the Government of the day to effectively monitor the situation while initiating concrete measures to curb the threat.~MExN