ILP issue: CM urges public support

ILP issue: CM urges public support
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio speaking at an interactive meeting in Dimapur. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, SEP 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/4/2019 10:51:18 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio maintained that the government alone cannot make Dimapur a better place unless it was through a people’s movement and in this regard, he urged upon the grassroots leaders to extend their continued cooperation with the government.

Rio said this while addressing an interactive meeting with chairmen, GBs of wards/villages under Dimapur sadar and other neighbouring villages at the DC Conference Hall Dimapur Wednesday. According to a report by DIPR, the meeting was held to discuss issues related with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur. 

The chief minister reiterated that ILP should be accorded priority in order to avoid complications in the light of Dimapur becoming “a city of criminals” where people of doubtful origin were trying to settle.

Rio said implementation of ILP in Dimapur would depend on the grassroots leaders and advised them to undertake proper identification of illegal immigrants in their respective wards etc.

Referring to the controversial Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 which was re-introduced in the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019, the chief minister reiterated that even if it was passed, it would not affect Nagas since they are protected under Article 371A as contained in the 16 Point Agreement. Rio further urged Nagas to speak with a unified voice. 

Also, speaking on the occasion, deputy chief minister Y.Patton reiterated that issues related with RIIN, ILP and NRC should be taken up on priority. He said after publication of the final NRC in Assam on August 31, 2019 around 19 lakh people were excluded from the list.

Patton reiterated that public at large including grassroots leaders especially chairmen of all wards and village councils including GBs should know that genuine residents under their jurisdictions and also remain vigilant and play their respective roles to ensure that there was no influx of immigrants to the state. Patton reminded that in case there is noticeable increase in the number of outsiders, this should be brought to the notice of district administration officials or police in order to take necessary corrective action.

Minister of PHED Jacob Zhimomi advised chairmen and GBs of villages and wards to be united in working out a collective effort to resolve the issue of illegal immigrants. Jacob reminded the grassroots leaders of their roles as traditional Naga law makers and avoid blame game and instead work sincerely in their respective jurisdictions. In response the chairmen of various wards and village GBs expressed gratitude to the PDA government headed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio for the concern shown by convening the interactive meeting in Dimapur which enabled sharing of views and opinions. State chief secretary Temjen Toy chaired the meeting.

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