NSF, ASU hold joint exercise to check ILP

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 8 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 After a daylong thorough verification of Inner Line Permit (ILP) at the office of Angami Students’ Union (ASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) said the government mechanism had failed to check influx of illegal immigrants into Nagaland.NSF and ASU jointly conducted massive verification of ILP here on Wednesday to segregate genuine Indian citizens from illegal immigrants.

Addressing media persons at ASU office later in the evening, NSF president Christopher Kesosul Ltu said the exercise was part of the first phase of initiative to prevent influx of illegal immigrants into Nagaland.

Ltu said during the verification, 17 persons were found without ILP, 18 persons with expired ILP and nine persons were sent back from Dimapur for not having documents.He asserted that even with expired ILP, the defaulters continued to stay in Nagaland without any obstacle since there was no mechanism to check validity of their ILPs.

Ltu insisted that the district administration should not only issue ILPs, but also introduce a mechanism to check their validity. He said even Aadhaar cards, which was supposed to be the most genuine document for identification, were manipulated as some non-locals possessed the cards that did not belong to them.

Stating that the defaulters would be handed over to the police and district administration, he regretted that names written on the ILPs were found to erroneous when compared with the documents issued by local panchayats, pointing out that such clerical errors made by the administration only showed lack of seriousness while entering records. 

Upon verification, Ltu said it was found that some documents were renewed at the back page of the ILPs signed by district administrative officers and questioned what was meant by ILP renewal.

He cautioned the district administration against manipulating the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations (BEFR) Act, 1873 at their whims and fancies, and added that the students’ bodies were prepared to produce documentary evidence of loopholes in issuing ILPs, if required.

Ltu was also apprehensive of “dalals” (brokers) operating between the district administration and ILP holders as, upon interrogation, the defaulters confidently responded that “ILP will be renewed”.

He warned that NSF would not tolerate any such case, if was found, and would initiate action of its own without handing over such people to the district or police administration.

Ltu pointed out that most of non-local taxi drivers did not have documents and permits and that most defaulters were labourers engaged in building construction and NH-29 four-lane work.

He also questioned the sincerity of officials manning the check gate (along Chumukedima) since there was no record of illegal immigrants exiting or living in the State. He said NSF would organise a public rally in consultation with local units as soon as possible

Asking the State government to make National Register of Citizens (NRC) mandatory, the NSF president demanded that ILP should not be issued to those whose names had not been included in NRC draft.

He further demanded that CCTV cameras installed in all check gates should be made functional to effectively monitor entry and exit of illegal immigrants, besides monitoring the personnel manning the gates.

To queries on the series of representations submitted to the State government, Ltu said the government has replied that it “will take the matter into consideration”. He added that NSF had even proposed to jointly tackle the issue.

He said the exercise would be a continuous process to ensure that no illegal immigrants and defaulters stay in Nagaland comfortably.

He added that the same exercise was conducted in six other districts headed by tribal student bodies.

NSF general secretary Imtiyapang, who too addressed the media, said volunteers found during verification that the illegal immigrants had entered the State without possessing any documents by paying money to the personnel manning the check gates.

He termed this as a serious issue and asked the government to take action against such erring officials.

Appealing to the police and district administration to be vigilant, NSF also sought cooperation from the public to solve the ILP issue.

On his part, ASU president Visako Rino said names of two persons were found under the guise of Hindi names and so asked the authority concerned how an ILP could be issued without verifying relevant documents.

Rino also informed the media that there was report of some contractors asking the district administration to issue ILPs to labourers and wondered how easy it had become to obtain an ILP.



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