NPF asks govt to be cautious on return of stranded citizens

DIMAPUR, MAY 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/9/2020 12:50:34 PM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) has urged the state government to exercise utmost caution while bringing back citizens of Nagaland stranded in different parts of the country due to COVID-19 lockdown, saying it “foresees a potentially disastrous situation if the process is conducted in a haphazard manner.”

NPF through its press bureau said the government should be cautious enough while differentiating stranded people returning to Nagaland. It stated that influx of illegal immigrants and new migrants was a “distinct possibility”, adding that the opportunists, considering Nagaland placed under ‘Green Zone’, could seek to take advantage.

Opposition party suggested that stringent and detailed verification of documents be carried out before entry into the state, particularly in the case non-Naga indigenous persons. It said there was “high possibility” that many illegal immigrants under the guise of residing in Nagaland could claim their right to return without proper and valid documents. Further, NPF suggested that the “best remedy” would be not entertaining renewal of expired Inner Line Permit to non-indigenous people who were stranded outside the state and wanting to re-enter the state till such time the whole country was considered a “Green Zone” or a similar solution is arrived at. 

It also stated that the whole process of screening and isolating each new entrant into the state, quarantining and testing of suspected persons etc. must not be compromised at any cost.

Meanwhile, NPF has urged the government to address the issue of price rise of essential commodities as the common people were suffering not only due to COVID-19, but for their daily survival. 

Instead of paying more attention to the generation of revenue, NPF said the government’s priority should be for the welfare of its people. With relaxation on the public movement and activities, the NPF has called upon the citizens to continue complying with the WHO guidelines.


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