NSF rally against influx of illegal immigrants

NSF rally against influx of illegal immigrants
Students taking part in the rally called by NSF against influx of illegal immigrants. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 12:08:06 PM IST

 Braving heavy downpour, hundreds of students from the State Capital responded to the Naga Students’ Federation’s (NSF) call for a public rally against influx of illegal immigrants into Nagaland at its office premise here on Friday. Before marching to chief minister’s residence to submit a memorandum, NSF leaders addressed the gathering.

In his address, NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu said a series of representations, memorandums and reminders were served to the State government, but the latter had failed time and again, compelling citizens to seek solution on the street.

He said the rally was being organised to submit another memorandum as a reminder to the State government to act on the issue.

Alleging that government machineries had failed to monitor implementation of ILP, Ltu said check gates remained ineffective and there was no record of how many people entered or left the State. He said some were staying in Nagaland even without ILP, adding that some Nagas were acting as middlemen, collecting ILPs from different people, approaching the administration for renewal and returning these against a commission of Rs-50 or Rs 100.

Warning that anyone caught playing the role of middleman would be dealt with severely, Ltu said defaulters caught with expired ILPs during verification at various check gates were found to be offering money to renew their ILPs, which clearly showed that the fault lay with the local people and the system. He said the government had failed to check the menace that now forced every village, organisation and colony/ward to check ILP.

The NSF president Nagaland had more than 1.5 lakh government employees in a 20 lakh population and nearly a lakh of educated youth were unemployed. He urged the educated youth to introspect and work hard, instead of giving the opportunity to outsiders.

On a committee formed by the State government in 2015, Ltu said it submitted its report to the government and it was now up to the government to implement the report.

He said the government had formed another joint committee on prevention of illegal immigrants’ entry into Nagaland few days back.

Ltu questioned the government whether the earlier committees was not enough that another committees after committees had to be constituted, also asking whether the previous committee reports were not enough.

Stating that enough committees had been formed, he asked the government whether it had the will to secure the future of Nagas.

Referring to an incident during a verification drive whereby 31 ILP defaulters and people without ILP were handed over to South police station on August 8, the NSF president said one person in the rank of a lieutenant with a militant outfit had entered his chamber and asked him to write a letter to release one of his boys locked in South police station by stating that he would make his ILP the next day.

Ltu said he had sarcastically replied by acknowledging the lieutenant that the Naga issue was not handled by Nagas alone.  

In this regard, Ltu reminded all Naga political groups that Naga political issue, its cause and aspiration were very sacred and close to Nagas’ hearts. He pointed out that as much as the Naga political groups were sacrificing, the students were sacrificing more than that. He asserted that Nagas would not allow illegal Bangladeshi immigrants (IBIs) or people with questionable identities to go around, threatening in the name of Naga political issue, under any circumstances.

In his address, NSF ILP committee member Neichute Doulo urged the State government to effectively enforce ILP and take NSF and civil society groups into confidence to make the ILP regime more efficient and effective.

Doulo said the present generation had witnessed what had happened in Tripura and Assam and how demography had changed in Meghalaya and Manipur.

He said the IBIs issue would continue to haunt not just the North-eastern region of India, but even Myanmar.

The NSF leader remarked that as long as Nagas traded with illegal immigrants, encouraged their population growth by giving them Naga land for cultivation, gave them livelihood by hiring them for cheap labour and promoted employment by hiring them to drive cars and construct houses, the menace would only grow.

He warned that illegal immigrants would destroy Nagas one day as long as Naga youth looked only at government jobs and shunned entrepreneurship and farms, as Illegal immigrants would flourish not just from Bangladesh but from China, Pakistan, etc, tomorrow. 

Doulo pointed out that as Nagas were focused only on government job, it was leading to rapid loss of their control over economic resources, which was passing on to the hands of Illegal Immigrants and non-locals.

He lamented that individuals, contractors and church engage illegal immigrants for construction works to save cost, oblivious to the threat of unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants and the fact that everyone were co-participants in breaking the law by harbouring these immigrants.

Commenting that churches seemed to be the biggest employer of illegal immigrants by engaging them for church construction works, he asked the institution to become alive to the threat.

Doulo further appealed to the Nagas not to let Illegal immigrants destroy their society, which had been zealously built and protected by their ancestors for the last 2000 years

Leaders of All Nagaland College Students’ Union and Angami Students’ Union also attended the rally, which was chaired by NSF general secretary Imtiyapang Imsong.

Include Dimapur under ILP ambit: NSF
NSF has demanded that Dimapur district be brought under ILP ambit as per the provision for extension of the inner line provided in the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873.
In a memorandum addressed to the chief minister, NSF president, Kesosul Christopher Ltu, and general secretary, Imtiyapang Imsong, pointed out that the federation and its units have been conducting extensive verification to check influx of illegal immigrants and ILP defaulters in various districts. They said it was found that ILP was not being properly implemented and the influx of Illegal Immigrants was posing as the biggest demographic threat to the indigenous inhabitants.
NSF cautioned that lack of stringent implementation of the BEFR, 1873 and the exclusion of Dimapur district from preview of ILP have made the Dimapur district a safe haven for illegal immigrants. Further, NSF maintained that “overwhelming population with questionable identities” inhabiting Dimapur district was evident since most of them did not possess any documents of their identification proof.
In the light of the above, the federation urged the state government to included Dimapur district within the preview of ILP. It also appealed to the government to intimate the NSF office of necessary measures taken and initiated by the government within one month.
Meanwhile, advisor to CM, Viketol Sakhrie, who received the memorandum from a delegation comprising NSF and its federating units including the All Nagaland College Students’ Union, appreciated the concern and efforts of the student bodies in addressing the problem.
According to CMO media cell, he also conveyed the appreciation of the chief minister on the issue.
On behalf of the chief minister and the state government, the advisor assured that the state government was working with all seriousness on the matter. He said that chief minister would call for a joint consultative meeting with all stakeholders in the near future.

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