State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, Thursday said that the unauthorised checking of Inner Line Permit (ILP) by various student bodies, NGOs/organisations should be stopped immediately and asked the district administrations to keep a check on such activities.
Responding to a query by Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA, on ILP, the chief minister said that apart from the home department and district administration, no one should be engaged in checking ILP as there could be lapses and sometimes lead to harassment of genuine Indian citizens. He said if such unauthorised checking takes place, then it was a bad reflection and dereliction of duty by officers.
Rio informed that for some time ILP was not enforced in Dimapur since the district was a transit point especially due to the presence of the railway station. However, he said from now on ILP should be enforced not just in Dimapur but even in the neighbouring new districts– Chümoukedima and Niuland. While emphasizing on making the system more transparent and easier for people visiting the State (online mode), Rio directed officers to not be complacent, but diligent in checking ILPs of people coming into the State.
Cautioning contractors, employers and house owners, who employ non-local labourers at their worksite, the chief minister said they were the guardian of those labourers and therefore they would be held accountable should there be any misdemeanours.
Meanwhile, Rio also urged the law enforcers to avoid unnecessary harassment to any genuine citizen at all cost as they could go to the court to voice out their grievances and blame the State which may lead to embarrassing situations.
Rio pointed out that since the State needed the workforce of people from other States, the ILP process should be made simple or else it may disrupt the inflow of labourers rendering the State helpless and bringing everything to a standstill.
He also directed the competent authorities to issue ILP ID cards for those registered individuals and bring all those into a system.
RIIN: On the issue of Registration of Indigenous Inhabitants (RIIN), Rio said all the relevant order in regard to the issue was yet to be put out. Under this, he said the village councils would be the issuing authority, which would subsequently be verified by the nearest district administrations, which would also issue the indigenous certificate accordingly.
He warned that if village councils issue false documentation, then it would attract punitive measures including barring of such person(s) from holding public offices or even exterminated from the village itself.
He informed the House that non-Nagas who had settled in the State before the Statehood would be given temporary certificates while indigenous Nagas would be given permanent resident certificate.
Supplementing to the query, Nienu said although ILP issue was of concern to everyone, the successive governments over the years had slept over the ILP issue for a long time.
He said Dimapur has become a breeding ground for Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBIs) and warned that at this rate Nagaland would become the next Tripura where locals would become minority. He urged the House on the need to wake up before it was too late.
Supplementing on the issue, Dr. Chotisuh Sazo asked why were there more ILP registrations done in Kohima when Dimapur was the main transit point? To this, the minister for home, Y Patton, said ILPs could be issued from anywhere in the country and therefore the number of registrations did not reflect the actual figure of a given place.
BJP legislator, Temjen Imna Along, also suggested that ILP issue was a very pertinent problem for the very survival of Nagaland state. He urged the concerned authorities to ensure that IBIs did not enter Nagaland.
NDPP legislator, KT Sukhalu, also pitched in saying when contractors needed labourers they register for ILP beforehand and take it down to Dimapur to bring labourers. Therefore, he said this could be the reason why the number of registration was higher in Kohima as compared to Dimapur.