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JCPI wants entire state under BEFR Act

DIMAPUR, AUG 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/18/2018 11:17:00 AM IST

 A recently formed body under the aegis of Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) and styled as Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) and representing Civil Society Organizations, tribal Hohos, NGOs, and pressure groups of Nagaland, has expressed apprehension about the consequences of ongoing NRC exercise in Assam where 40 lakh people had their names deleted from the NRC.

JCPI through its convenor K.Ghokheto Chopy, Co-Convenor Joel Naga and secretary Tiatemsu Longchar, pointed out that out of the 40 lakh a substantial number could eventually be declared non-Indian citizens after the ongoing exercise by the end of the current year.

JCPI expressed deep concern if those who failed to get their names in the NRC Assam, decide to seek citizenship from neighbouring states including Nagaland by taking advantage of loopholes.

JCPI said Naga civil society groups and NGOs have been observing the complacent attitude of the government in dealing with such matters such as (1) preventive mechanism on entry of illegal migrants and (2) identification of illegal settlers already in Nagaland.

In favour of the spontaneous response by public organisations at the meeting convened by Nagaland Tribes Council  at Tourist Lodge Dimapur on August 8, 2018 and then by JPCI at De-Oriental Hotel Dimapur on August 14, 2018 it was unanimously resolved to submit a representation to the state government in order to reflect the “voice and sentiments of the stakeholders” related with the fundamental issue over influx of illegal immigrants.

JPCI has urged upon the state government to create a separate cell or a separate department under home department to competently deal with strict enforcement of BEFR Act of 1873 and Foreigners Act 1946 on a daily basis.

In order to achieve this, JPCI urged upon the government to boost morale of the enforcers through proper training and reorientation with legal strategy.

JPCI has urged upon the government to extend BEFR 1873 to the entire state and especially Dimapur district. It said so long as Dimapur was out of the purview of Inner Line Permit (ILP), it will continue to remain as feeder district of illegal immigrants to interior areas.

The state government was urged to strengthen implementation of prevailing ILP and immediately issue operational guidelines to the enforcers such as disabling ILP holders residing in ILP zone from renewing permit after expiry without first going/moving out of the ILP zone.

JCPI has insisted that ILP should differentiate between tourist, transit passenger and manual or skilled labour. The ILP should also be for limited period and those ILP holders should be allowed to do business in the state.

JCPI said Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh are empowered by the BEFR Act to issue guidelines on entry or non indigenous people. 

JCPI highlighted how Mizoram enforces ILP. It said Mizoram has two sets of guidelines- Temporary ILP: where tourists, visitors, labourers and business representatives are issued only 15-day entry permit while for Regular ILP, the visitor is allowed six months of stay. JCPI said Regular ILP can only be issued if there is a local guarantor but that the permit cannot be renewed beyond two times. 

JCPI also urged upon the state government to issue notification for Village Councils and Urban Wards/Colonies to assist state agencies to enforce BEFR Act particularly in the border and vulnerable areas and to maintain 24x7 strict vigil.

It also suggested that state authorities issue notifications directing village authorities and GBs/licensing authorities such as RTAs and Municipal /Town Councils not to issue residential certificates/permanent resident certificate/driving license/trade license to anyone without establishing the antecedents of the applicants.

In order to formulate cohesive and collective measures for prevention of inter-State influx of illegal immigrants, the JCPI urged the state government to tie up with neighbour states.

It also impressed upon the state government to establish Foreigner Tribunals under the Foreigners (Tribunals) Orders, 1964 and Foreigners Act, 1946, without which, the coverage and the legal system for effective enforcement of the laws would always be found wanting.

DDGBA backs JCPI

Dimapur District GB Association (DDGBA) has resolved to extend its “full support” to Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) during a joint meeting with eight administrative units and Lotha and Ao GB unions on August 18, 2018 at its office.

In a press release, DDBGA president, Tokuho Sohoi Neho, and general secretary, T Kenneth Tsopoe, said the meeting also resolved to advise respective GBs of village or town not to issue PRC/TRC without proper verification of documents.

DDGBA requested its seven administrative units to mobilise and form chairmen unions in respective units in rural area (villages) to assist in the smooth functioning of village or colony administration.

Further, the association has requested the administration not to entertain or honour any certificate certified by non-Naga GBs.

Also, expressing strong opposition to making Aadhaar mandatory, DDGBA reminded the state government that other states like Assam and Meghalaya were not implementing Aadhaar, but enjoying all the benefits of the central government.

The association has affirmed support to “One Govt, one Tax system” initiated by ACAUT.


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