Kohima, February 21: After much clamour from some section of people, the Government of Nagaland has finally decided to include Dimapur under the purview of Inner Line Permit (ILP).
Addressing the third session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly today, Governor P B Acharya said ILP will be applicable in the entire State. “ILP will be applicable to the entire State, including Dimapur,” he said.
“We are committed to streamline the system of issue of ILPs as also to ensure that no illegal immigrant is able to come to Nagaland,” he said.
The Governor said while the Government will be taking all legal and administrative steps to ensure effective implementation of ILP, it will take active support of civil organizations, village councils and people in implementing ILP. “With the participation of people in a positive and proactive manner the strengthening of the system will be able to ensure that no illegal immigrants are able to enter our State,” he said.
On Citizenship Amendment Bill, Acharya said it was of serious concern to all sections and the Government is aware of the threat that is posed to the society by illegal migrants in the State. He said accordingly the Government had set up a committee to suggest measures to strengthen the existing system of issue of ILP as well as to recommend modalities to check influx of illegal migrants.
“The committee has submitted its report and the Government has accepted the same and has directed to ensure framing of rules and guidelines for its implementation,” he told the Assembly.
While Government has decided to bring Dimapur under the purview of ILP there are some hurdles to be crossed. Dimapur-1 Assembly Constituency is unreserved seat, whereas over 30 villages under Dimapur district are under the political map of Assam State and these villages are considered to be within the disturbed area, according to the Union Government. The Centre has also posted several CRPF personnel in this area as a neutral force to maintain law and order.
Another important aspect while strengthening and enforcing ILP is where the Government will exempt people entering the State from neighbouring states, particularly from Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. People from these areas are never been checked for ILP.
The Governor said another challenge that people faced was the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.
“We appreciate the Government of India for listening to the voice of the people in this regard. The Nagaland Government had opposed and rejected the bill and likewise in a consultative meeting with mass based organizations, civil societies, tribal hohos, NGOs and political parties at Chumukedima on January 31 last, the CAB was outrightly rejected,” he stated.
On the long standing Naga political problem, as usual the Governor said the top agenda of his Government is early resolution of the problem and that they will work with all stakeholders for a solution that is honourable, inclusive, sustainable and acceptable to the people.
“After the PDA Government was sworn in on March 8th, 2018, the Political Affairs Committee was set up. On 11th May 2018, the political affairs committee of the PDA along with PDA legislators had a joint consultative meeting with Naga tribal hohos and civil society organizations and resolved to urge all Naga political groups to join the peace talks in order to achieve an inclusive solution,” Acharya said.
He said it was also unanimously resolved to reconstitute the Joint Legislators Forum to pursue an early solution to the Naga political issue and subsequently the consultative meeting of all 60 legislators was held on September 18 last year and it was consensually decided to re-constitute the JLF on Naga political issue and to pursue the Naga political issue to its logical conclusion. He maintained that PDA Government was committed to facilitate an early resolution of the Indo-Naga political issue through a negotiated agreement that honours the unique history and rights of the Nagas.
“With the concerted efforts of the tribal hohos and mass based civil society organizations, the church, NGOs and the NNPGs, different groups have now come together and this seems to be the most opportune time for the Naga political groups to resolve the decades old Naga political imbroglio so that we achieve lasting peace. I also appreciate the efforts made by Government of India for ensuring that we move closer to a solution that is inclusive, honourable and acceptable to Nagas,” the Governor added. (Page News Service)