Kohima, May 19: Concerned over the increasing number of Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBIs), the Angami community have pledged not to shelter them in any form not utilize their services.
The assertion was made as part of the one day discourse on demographic threats and economic sustainability vis-à-vis unemployment and self employment organized by the Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) and hosted by Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho at AMK Building here Saturday.
Fearing that continuing the influx of IBIs into the Angami region would turn the indigenous people into minority, the participants of the discourse, which comprised of the Angami village leaders, youths and intellectuals, avowed that they would also not rent out their houses and commercial buildings to the illegal immigrants.
It was also affirmed to discourage utilization of services of IBIs for construction and field works.
Earlier, making a power point presentation on ‘Demographic threats’ due to illegal immigrations, social activist Savi Liegeise cited the examples of some developed countries and also neighboring North Eastern state Tripura have been overwhelmed by illegal immigrants making the indigenous people a minority group.
“20 million Bangladeshi immigrants are staying illegally in India,” he said while quoting Ministry of Home Affairs Report of 2016.
He expressed fear that inter-marriage, adoption of IBIs by Nagas would create social threat resulting in communal tension and cultural conflict.
Highlighting some of the negative factors by locals towards demographic threats, Liegeise said the “local patronize them by providing land for cultivation and temporary settlements. Allows inter-marriage, adopts immigrants who later usurp rights and inheritance”.
He cited that the Bangladeshis provide cheap labor while pool of local workers are inadequate and expensive.
On the responsibility of the local indigenous inhabitants, Liegeise said that they should ask the government to strictly enforce available laws to stop influx of illegal immigrants while also extending support and cooperation to genuine civil organizations battling the IBI menace.
He also suggested that the locals should stop business partnership with IBIs, stop inducting IBIs into Naga national work and stop patronizing IBIs in return for money.
Be honest to your society and your people, as it is the duty of present generation to give a better future for the next generation, he said.
The social activist also dwelled on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and National Register of Citizens. He said that Citizenship Act, 1955 prohibits illegal immigrants to acquire Indian citizenship while CAB 2016 grants citizenship to illegal immigrants. He also explained that Citizenship Act permits imprisonment, deportation of illegal immigrants while under CAN they cannot be arrested nor deported.
He also said that CAB violates Article 14 (Right to Equality) of the Constitution of India as CAB is based on religious line. CAB also violates the spirit of NRC, he added while expressing that CAB should be rejected.
Zynorique chairman Richard Belho, speaking on the topic “Unemployment and self employment” said that the biggest threat to our society is our own attitude.
“We are either voluntarily unemployed or unemployable,” he said adding that Nagas have too many engagements and social activities to distract them because of which the illegal immigrants are grabbing the employable opportunity.
Remarking that sometimes the hurdle to employment is education, he said “we are over educated and cannot stoop down to accept any job other than becoming government officer”.
“Education should actually open our mind and enable clarity of thought. 20 years of education and ending up with no idea of how to be employed says that something is wrong in the educational system too,” he said.
Belho said that another problem with Nagaland is the protracted Indo-Naga political issue, which has been going on for too long and has put the whole society in a temporal suspense.
Nagaland is a land of opportunity but what non local see as opportunity, we locals see it as hard work as we want easy money, he said while stressing on the need to acknowledge the wisdom of elders and revive back traditional values too.
We need to create business ecosystem for the younger generation and also create merit based work culture, Belho added. (Page News Service)