Demands setting up of checkpoints at all entry points along DAB
Dimapur, September 5: The Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) today declared that if the full scope of the Abhishek Committee findings is not unleashed for implementation of ILP across the state, the stakeholder would be forced to rise to the occasion.
In this regard, the JCPI asked the CSOs and student bodies in all districts to be ready for any eventuality.
Lauding the activities of the student bodies in apprehending ILP defaulters-those without ILP-in hill districts, the JCPI said the focus should be on checking those with valid ILPs who are engaged in commercial activities and handing them over to police.
In a press release issued by JCPI convenor, K Ghokheto Chophy and co-convenor, Joel Naga, the JCPI said it has been crying hoarse since August last year that the whole state needs to be covered with ILP to prevent more influx of suspected illegal Bangladeshi immigrants into the state in the light of the NRC fallout in Assam but even after more than a year, the government is yet to take bold and decisive steps.
The JCPI demanded that the government should implement the report of Abhishek Committee on ILP, pointing out that Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on ILP/BEFR is along the lines of Mizoram Government notification.
It said the government should not waste any more time and start implementing the Abhishek Committee findings. The SOP on ILP/BEFR should give more teeth to the government to identify and deport the lakhs of ILP holders (mostly Bangladeshis) inside the ILP zones of the state – the hill districts – who have set up commercial activities and taken up residency on permanent basis.
It said the ILP is only a pass to enter the state for a short or temporary period of time and does not give outsiders the right to engage in commercial activities.
The JCPI reminded the government that only indigenous people can live, work and earn in ILP zones and all these ILP holders engaging in trading and commercial activities is illegal. Except for bonafide central and state government servants/PSU employees/bank officials, tourists on visit, etc., all ILP holders -cum – traders should be identified and their valid ILP cancelled and deported from the districts, it said.
It further said the exercise to identify ILP holders in the hill districts who have misused their passes to engage in commercial transactions and businesses does not require the RIIN exercise to be completed. The RIIN exercise is primarily to enumerate the indigenous population in the state so that ILP is effectively implemented in Dimapur district, it added.
While the RIIN exercise is underway and should be expedited, the government should immediately declare Dimapur as an ILP zone in view of the publication of NRC in Assam, it said.
“Lastly, ILP or no ILP the government should immediately set up checkpoints at all the entry points along the entire Disputed Area Belt, it further stated. (Page News Service)