Gov for robust mechanism to check influx of illegal migrants

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 11:53:16 AM IST

Even as the fear mounts in Nagaland over possible huge influx of illegal migrants from Assam following publication of draft NRC there, Nagaland Governor, PB Acharya has called for a robust mechanism to check entry of “illegal immigrants” into the State. 

Addressing a meeting of editors and media representatives at Raj Bhavan in Kohima on Friday, Acharya also advocated a strong inner line permit system in the State, even as he called for vigil to check influx of “illegal immigrants” from Assam in the wake of the publication of final NRC draft there. 

The governor also referred to the natural calamity that had befallen the State now, even as he claimed that government machinery was making all-out effort to restore damaged infrastructure, besides providing relief and rehabilitation. 

Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been apprised of the current situation in the State and requested to extend all possible help for the State to overcome the disaster, Acharya said it was heart-warming to learn that there had been contribution towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. 

He appreciated the MLAs for contributing their one month’s salary towards the fund, even as he appealed to the citizens of the State to donate generously towards the fund. He added that he too had donated Rs 1 lakh from his salary, besides arranging essential commodities like rice, dal, refined oil, sugar, tinned milk and tea leaves for distribution to the needy in Kiphire district.

Accusing senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of hurting the sentiments of not only the Nagas but of the entire Northeast through his recent comment on Naga headgear, the governor asked the Lok Sabha member to apologise to the people of Nagaland and the country.. 

He said the entire region was proud of its rich culture and traditions, adding that Nagaland had a rich heritage and culture, about which the country was proud of. Such a statement from a qualified person like him was “extremely regrettable and unacceptable”, he added. 

The governor claimed to have taken initiative to promote emotional and national integration of NAMASTE (Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam, Sikkim and Tripura) States by introducing a NAMASTE NE department/chair in different universities of the country to teach local dialects of the north-eastern States. 

Stating that so far he had motivated Mumbai University, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, Dr Babasahib Ambedkar Technical University, Maharashtra, NITTE Medical & Science University, Mangaluru, Alva’s Education Foundation, Mangaluru, Manipal University, Mangaluru and JNU, New Delhi to start a department/chair for tribal dialects, Acharya said the universities had requested him to identify and nominate one guest teacher who can teach at least two dialects of the Northeast for their departments. The honorary teachers would teach once or twice a week for an hour in their respected Universities, he added. 

Urging the people of Nagaland, especially retired teachers and All India Radio’s local language news readers who can teach two or more local dialects, to come forward to be a part of the NE department/chair of different universities, the governor said it would be a positive and noble mission for strengthening emotional and national integration. He said NITTE University, Mangaluru had invited him to inaugurate its NAMASTE NE Department in the name of Dr T Ao in 2016. 

Meanwhile, Acharya called for development of all districts of the State. He said, while Kiphire district had been included in the programme for quick and effective transformation, he had written a letter to the Prime Minister to include Mon district under the programme too.

The governor also urged every MP and MLA to adopt a village every year and take full responsibility for developing its physical and institutional infrastructure and turn it into a model village. 

He advocated development of underdeveloped districts in the State, besides strengthening health, education and infrastructure sectors. 

Mentioning that banks are foundation for economic development, the governor said he had written to Nagaland Rural Bank, Nagaland State Co-operative Bank Ltd, UCO Bank Central Bank of India and United Bank of India to open new branches in strategic rural areas to enable people to avail banking facilities and for implementation of Central and State flagship welfare programmes.  

He called for promotion of tourism sector by improving road conditions and developing wayside amenities along the national highways for tourists. He urged Naga youth to become tourist guides and operators. 

Commenting on Act East Policy, Acharya said efforts should be made for setting up special economic zones in Nagaland and develop the State as an export-hub take advantage of the policy. 


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