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Meghalaya to activate NRC
Correspondent, SHILLONG, NOV 20:
Published on 21 Nov. 2008 12:36 AM IST
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The Meghalaya government Wednesday decided to activate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to tackle the unabated influx of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in the state. “We have decided to activate the NRC, besides strengthening the infiltration check-posts to tackle the influx issue,” Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee told journalists after the high-level security meeting. The meeting attended by Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police of all the seven districts of the state and senior government and police officials was chaired by Chief Minister Donkupar Roy. He also announced the introduction of work permit system in some districts of the state in the near future. The work permits would be valid for 179 days, one day short of six months to prevent voting rights to such migrants in the state. The work permits can however be renewed, In the aftermath of the serial blast in Assam, several organizations have demanded the government to strengthen the infiltration check-posts across the state to prevent such terror attacks. Informing that the government had decided to set up a few more police outposts in the border areas of the state, Chatterjee said the government would set up an integrated check gate at Byrnihat, bordering Assam. Asked about the prevailing law and order situation in the state, the Chief Secretary said the situation has improved a lot compared to the yesteryears. Chatterjee, however, revealed the birth of two militant outfits - the Atong Liberation Army in South Garo Hills district and A’chik National Security Defence in West Khasi Hills district of the state. “We are acting against them to nip their anti-national elements in their bud,” he asserted. Earlier, Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police not to compromise on maintaining law and order.

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