Kohima, March 16: The Kohima Village Council (KVC) has decided not to rent out houses and commercial buildings to illegal Bangladeshi immigrants (IBI) within its jurisdiction.
The decision to this effect is in line with the appeal of the Government of Nagaland to village councils to remain alert in checking the influx of illegal immigrants in the aftermath of the final publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, said KVC chairman Dr Neiphi Kire.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of Sekrenyi celebrants, who had converged from different parts of the State, at Kohima local ground here, the KVC chairman reiterated the KVC notification asking all members of Kohima village not to rent out their houses and commercial building to illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
Immigration is a global phenomenon, but thousands and lakhs of illegal immigrants are entering India while most of them are concentrating only in the North Eastern states, he said, adding “if we don’t check now, it may too late for tomorrow.
Citing the situation of Tripura where illegal immigrants have overhauled the tribal people, and also the presence of lakhs of such people in neighbouring Assam and Manipur, he expressed fear of facing similar situation in the State if measures are not taken now.
He went on to state that currently Nagaland has less population but it would be dangerous for the future generation.
Dr Kire also stated that such measures will also help educated Naga youths to avail opportunity in business ventures which is currently being dominated by the illegal immigrants. He further called upon the people of the State capital to work hard towards overcoming the tag of Kohima being second most unlivable place in the country which was declared by Union Ministry of Urban and Housing last year.
Addressing the gathering on behalf of the chairmen of the four khels – Pfuchatsumia, Tsutuonuomia, Lhisemia and Dapfutsumia – Chairman of P Khel, Kruyie Pienyü also called upon the youngsters to uphold the good cultural and traditional values of the forefathers. He urged them to stand together as people of Kohima village and not individual or clan wise.
Pienyü also maintained that people should inculcate good habits to have better health and also revive work culture. He stressed on the need for the younger generation to be fluent in one’s own mother tongue while also respecting the elders to receive blessings.
Meanwhile, pointing out that election is once again approaching fast, Pienyü appealed the electorates of Kohima not to be influenced by inducements but to set an example for others to follow.
The four-khels (sectors) of Kohima Village came together to celebrate Sekrenyi, the festival of purification and sanctification with traditional fervour and gaiety. Though, Sekrenyi is the premier festival of the Angami Nagas but the four khels come together under the aegis of Kohima Village Council (KVC) for the celebrations once in five years.
The celebration was marked by mass Sekrenyi feast besides presentation of folklores and traditional games competition. (Page News Service)