Dimapur, March 9: The Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) has sought clarification from the Chief Minister of Nagaland on his reported statement carried in the local dailies on February 25 last that “while enforcing the ILP in Dimapur or any other areas of Nagaland the law should be relaxed for the indigenous citizens of Northeastern states.”
In a statement, JCPI convener K Ghokheto Chophy, co-convener Joel Naga and secretary Tia Longchar termed the CM’s statement as “illogical, absurd, and anti-thesis to the demand of the JCPI (and the people).” It stated that intrusion of illegal immigrants into Nagaland is and will be mostly from NE region and not from any other states in the country.
“If we take the CM’s statement at face value, then there should be no BEFR/ILP in the state. The 25th Feb statement of the CM is loaded with malicious intent and therefore the JCPI is left with no option but to comprehensively reject it,” it said.
The JCPI wanted assurance from the CM that he will not interfere in watering down or weakening the provisions of the rules and regulations being worked out by the ILP Committee. It also requested the CM to assure the citizens of the State that their interests will be taken care of; that under no circumstances will loopholes be created in the provisions of the law creating another mockery like the Nagaland Prohibition Act.
“Any insertion of loopholes would be unfortunate leading to unwarranted situations,” it said.
The JCPI reminded that after the ILP Committee submitted its report to the Government, the Cabinet discussed and accepted the proposals of the Committee, which was averred by the Deputy CM on the floor of the Assembly during the recently concluded budget session, particularly that Dimapur would be brought under the purview of ILP.
After the submission of its report to the Government, the ILP Committee was again given one month’s time to frame rules and regulations for watertight implementation of ILP in the state; and to work out modalities for bringing Dimapur under ILP zone and enumeration of indigenous inhabitants in the State, it added. (Page News Service)