Don’t make NE dumping ground of illegal immigrants: NSF

Don’t make NE dumping ground  of illegal immigrants: NSF
NSF officials submitting memorandum on proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill to the Governor P B Acharya at Raj Bhavan Kohima on May 21
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Kohima, May 21: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today affirmed that North East region should not be made a dumping ground of illegal immigrants.
Joining the fight of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) against the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the NSF staged a sit-in-protest outside Raj Bhavan here.
Hundreds of student volunteers sat in protest wherein NSF vice president Imtiyapang Imsong said that the demography of North East region has been severely impacted because of the massive influx of illegal immigrants, especially from neighbouring Bangladesh. Terming the Bill as ‘anti North East’, Imsong opined that the Central Government should consider deporting the illegal immigrants rather than granting them citizenship. “North Eastern states cannot be considered as the dumping ground of illegal immigrants,” he said.
Following the protest, the federation also forwarded a memorandum to Member of Parliament Rajendra Agarwal, who is also the Chairman of Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 through the Governor of Nagaland P B Acharya.
In the memorandum, the NSF registered serious stand against the proposed contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which is lying under consideration of the Joint Committee.
They said that the NSF in line with NESO has consistently appraised the Government of India on the crisis arising out of the unabated influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, which
has brought about serious demographic changes in the North East region in particular, and other parts of the country in general.
“The continued and unabated influx of refugees and undocumented migrants from the neighbouring countries has further threatened the existence of indigenous people in respect to their cultural, social, economic and political identity,” the NSF said.
Moreover, NSF pointed that NESO has also, time and again, reiterated on the need to update the National Register of Citizens 1951, and to delete the illegal foreigners from the National Electoral Census.
Besides, the NESO has also urged for effective implementation of Assam Accord and other such accords which are mean to safeguard the interests of the indigenous peoples of NE, it said.
Nonetheless, the federation said that in contrary to the repeated appeals and representations of the NESO and its member organisations, a Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016, which has been further referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee on August 12, 2016.
The Bill seeks and intends to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 by conferring Indian citizenships to illegal migrants on religious preference especially to those illegal immigrants who have come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, the NSF remarked.
“The Bill is a mockery to the spirit of secularism enshrined in the preamble of the Indian constitution and it further violates Article 14 of the Constitution that guarantees Citizen’s right to equality,” it said, adding that the bill also violates the provisions of the Assam Accord 1985 which fixed 1971 as the cut-off year for any illegal immigrants to be granted citizenship of India; anyone who came after that was an illegal immigrant irrespective of religion.
“NSF, as the apex students’ body that represents the youth and the students’ community in particular, and the Nagas inhabited across the States of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and overseas, therefore shall stand outright to oppose and denounce the proposed Bill until it is recalled once and for all,” the memorandum asserted.
The NSF also appealed to JPC chairman’s sagacious wisdom to prevail upon the committee to ensure that the proposed bill is recommended as anti-national and detrimental to the very existence of the good citizens of the country.
Student leaders led by NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu and speaker Amonbo Zeliang submitted the memorandum to the governor at Raj Bhavan after the sit-in-protest. (Page News Service)