CM seeks public cooperation to check influx of illegal immigrants

CM seeks public cooperation to check influx of illegal immigrants

Khonoma, September 1: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today called upon citizens of the State to come together and cooperate with the Government in checking influx of illegal immigrants.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of people on the occasion of 74th anniversary of Khonoma Rüffüno at Khonoma village, Rio said the Government acknowledges people’s concern for enforcement of Inner Line Permit but the Government alone cannot implement it successfully unless everyone becomes a stakeholder.
He pointed that the main reason for influx of illegal immigrants is because work culture has diminished in Naga society. He lamented that even as Nagas remain unemployed they still continue to employ illegal immigrants in various skilled jobs.
“We Nagas do not want to do the skilled and labour jobs, because of which more and more outsiders are getting earning opportunity in the State,” he said, adding that Nagas have to develop work culture in order to tackle the problems of illegal immigrant.
He also urged the owners of commercial buildings and employers to properly verify the documents of outsiders before letting the complex for business or any other employment.
Expressing that the elders of Khonoma Village have understanding the importance of oneness set aside the Rüffüno day, Rio said it is a day to retrospect how our ancestors lived and to emulate them.
He further lauded the people of Khonoma village, Kohima and Poilwa village, Peren for agreeing to provide water to Kohima town which is a very important factor in order to become a smart city.
On the problems of land acquisition faced for developmental activities, he urged the people to pave way for smooth transaction for development purposes. Rio remarked that when he approached the central ministry for trans-Nagaland highway, the ministry said they are willing to provide fund for development but complaint that the cost of land acquisition becomes more than the project itself.
On bad roads, Rio pointed out that poor workmanship and lack of adequate funds are the reasons for poor drainage and road system in the State. He however said that the Government has made its priority to develop good roads at the earliest.
Meanwhile, lauding Khonoma village for producing great Naga leaders, including Late A Z Phizo, who started the move for Naga unity and successfully conducted the Plebiscite, called upon them to take the lead in working to achieve the desired aspiration of Nagas.
“Nagas in general need to change the attitude of ‘individualism’ to ‘Nagaism’ and work in cohesion to progress and develop,” Rio added.
Renowned social activist Niketu Iralu while lauding Khonoma and Poilwa villages for collectively deciding to provide water source for the state capital, said “at a time when Nagas are tending too often to lose sight of urgent priorities and get bogged down on details that effectively prevent development, but which can and must be addressed later on in mutual trust, the leaders of the two neighbouring villages have shown the right way.”
Iralu stated that Western Angami region is one of the regions that have not suffered from water shortage, because of the healthy ecosystem that has been their home and sanctuary for centuries. He expressed appreciation for the determined attempt being made in western Angami villages towards ending killing of birds and animals, and wanton denudation of forests, “the thinking is thoroughly Christian and so there is no reason why it should fail.”
“All Nagas are baffled, embarrassed and in despair about the society we, underground and overground, together have created. We know all Nagas are deep down unhappy and confused. We know what we have now is dangerously and if we make it worse by our failure to change wherever we need to change, we will simply destroy ourselves. This, we cannot allow,” Iralu said.
Khonoma Rüffüno was established by the village elders with an objective to unite the people of Khonoma to work for self determination, to uphold the dignity and prestige of the village and to preserve the ideals and values of tradition and culture.
It is the general organisation of all the people of Khonoma irrespective of age, sex, religion, status and place of settlement.
President Khonoma Rüffüno Nagaland, Huzo Meru chaired the programme. Traditional songs and folklores by the villagers enthralled the gathering.
NLA Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü and host of MLAs accompanied the chief minister to the celebrations. (Page News Service)