CSOs form joint panel to prevent influx of illegal immigrants

DIMAPUR, AUG 8 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

Civil society organisations (CSO) in Nagaland have upped their ante against possible influx of illegal immigrants following publication of complete draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and announced formation of a Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigration.

The committee will have one member from each of the CSOs that participated in a meeting held here on Wednesday to evolve logistics coordination and assist the State government in formulating standard operating procedure (SOP) for effective implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BERF) Act, 1873, under which there is provision for Inner Line Permit.

Convened by Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), the meeting was attended by representatives of Central Nagaland Tribes Council, Nagaland Gaon Burahs’ Federation, Tribal Union Chumukedima Town, Kuki Impi, Naga Council Dimapur, Ao Senden, Sumi Hoho, Chakesang Public Organisation/Western Chakhesang Hoho, Zeliang People’s Organisation Nagaland, Lotha Hoho Wokha, Lotha Hoho Dimapur, Rengma Hoho, Razeba Public Organisation, Dimapur, Kachari Tribal Council, Western Sumi Hoho, Sangtam People’s Forum Dimapur District, Chakhro Angami Kuda Union, Sovima Students’ Union, Tenyimi Union Dimapur, Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur, BAN, Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation, Lotha Youth Organisation Dimapur, Ao Students’ Union Dimapur, Dimapur Lotha Students’ Union, Dimapur District GB Association, Western Sumi Students’ Union, Survival Nagaland and Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation. 

Conveying its solidarity to citizens of Assam, the meeting resolved to urge villages and urban colonies in Dimapur district in particular and in all vulnerable areas to maintain strict vigil in their respective jurisdiction 24X7. The meeting also urged the village authorities not to issue resident certificate or permanent resident certificate to anyone randomly without ascertaining antecedents of any such applicant.

The meeting further urged the respective apex tribal bodies, village councils and GBs to closely monitor, supervise and effectively check illegal inhabitants and illegal entries into their villages and colonies.

Resolving to urge the State government to gear up its entire machinery and bring out a comprehensive action plan to check illegal immigrants without wasting any more time, the meeting urged the government to extend BEFR Act, 1873 coverage to the entire State, besides bringing out a comprehensive mechanism to regulate and monitor the Act and Passport Act in letter and spirit with competent SOPs in place for effective checking and deportation of illegal immigrants.

The CSOs requested the State government to create a separate cell under the home department to monitor strict enforcement of BEFR Act, 1873, Foreigners Act and Indian Passport Act on day-to-day basis. For the purpose of effective enforcement of the existing laws to the desired level, government agencies, including Nagaland Police, have to be reoriented and equipped with legal aspects, the organisations opined.

The House further resolved to appeal to the Government of India and Naga negotiating parties to expedite the peace process and bring it to logical conclusion at the earliest.

This was stated in a press release by NTC general secretary Nribemo Ngullie and information & publicity secretary Theja Therieh. 


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