KSU urges Meghalaya govt to conduct NRC exercise

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 1: | Publish Date: 8/2/2018 4:10:07 AM IST

 Following the successful conduct of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Meghalaya’s powerful Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Wednesday demanded that a similar exercise be conducted in this mountainous state so that people of doubtful antecedents will be flushed out of the state.

 “The KSU after observing the NRC exercise conducted in Assam which based March 24, 1971 as the cut-off year, wishes to propose to the Meghalaya government to expedite a similar exercise so that people of doubtful antecedents will be flushed out of the state,” KSU President, Lambokstarwell Marngar demanded.

A delegation of the KSU met deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong and submitted a petition emphasizing the need to expedite a similar NRC exercise in the state. Marngar said that Tynsong has promised that the issue would be taken up for discussion in the cabinet besides stating that the government would put in place mechanisms to address influx problem including setting up of entry and exit points in various parts of the state to detect illegal immigrants entering Meghalaya.

Noting that the first mass migration of outsiders into the regions of the present Meghalaya was in 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation War, Marngar said “The migrants mostly refugees of Bengali origin were from the then East Pakistan. Since then, the small state of Meghalaya had been witnessing excessive and unabated influx of migrants from different parts of the South Asian sub-continent especially Bangladesh, Nepal and people from mainland India.”  “If such a trend continues unchecked, then there is a likelihood that Meghalaya will become like Tripura or Assam whereby indigenous communities are reduced to minorities within their homeland,” he added.

Proposing 1971 as the cut-off year to segregate genuine and non-genuine residents of the Meghalaya, Marngar said, “If such an exercise is implemented in Meghalaya then it would be able to segregate the genuine and the non-genuine residents of the state and also will contribute immensely to the continuous survival of the indigenous communities of the state.” 

Marngar feared that 40 lakh people in Assam who failed to find their names in the NRC, may infiltrate into Meghalaya which shares a 900 kilometer long border with Assam even as the union pointed out to the fact that there is a lack of stringent mechanism to curb and combat the menace of influx.

Pointing out that as per the Census from 1991 to 2001 the state shows a rise of 29.94 percent in population while from 2001 to 2011 the population growth is 27.95 percent, the KSU leader said, “The population growth in Meghalaya from 2001 to 2011 is much higher than the national average of 17.64 percent. It is very much unlikely that indigenous communities are multiplying at such a rate. Thus the rapid increase in the decadal population growth can be attributed to unabated influx of outsiders.”





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