Dimapur, February 24: The Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigration (JCPI) has submitted a 4-point charter of demand to the state Government for effective implementation.
In an ultimatum on RIIN and ILP served to Chief Minister, the JCPI demanded fresh notification on RIIN based on the Banuo Commission Report with 1963 as the cut-off year; physical implementation of BEFR, 1873 based on Abhishek Committee’s report on ILP; revocation of 1979 cut-off year under BEFR, 1973 and establishment of Foreigners Tribunals under the Foreigners Act, 1946.
The JCPI urged the state Government to fulfill the demands on or before March 15, 2020 failing which it said, the JCPI would be compelled to resort to any democratic means to restore their inherent rights and privileges.
In the ultimatum issued by JCPI Convenor, K Ghokheto Chophy and Secretary, Tia Longchar, the JCPI appreciated the prompt action taken by the Government to enumerate the indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland under the flagship of RIIN. Accordingly, the Govt. constituted a Commission of RIIN headed by Banuo Z Jamir, who had completed the ground studies in the 2019 and yet the Commission could not submit its final report till date.
JCPI has reiterated on January 31, 2020 as the last date of submission of the Commission`s final report and its final notification by February 29, 2020. The JCPI maintained that the special provisions of Article 371A and other protective laws can be fully realized only when indigenous inhabitants are properly identified and that includes effective enforcement of BEFR, 1873 in Nagaland including Dimapur district.
It also appreciated the decision of the State Government for having brought Dimapur District within the ambit of BEFR, 1873 (ILP) regime and the decision to work out a comprehensive mechanism and operational guidelines based on Abhishek Committee’s report.
However, it said the Government till date could not put the system in place for total implementation of the ILP based on the report of the Committee for effective enforcement.
The JCPI expressed its total dismay as to how the State Government arbitrarily chose to introduce 1979 as the cut-off year under BEFR, 1873.
It said the Inner Line regulation comes along with the statehood in 1963 invoking the BEFR of 1873 and there cannot be a separate cut-off year for ILP enforcement in the state. However, ILP enforcement will be subjected to the status of inhabitant’s category as identified by RIIN.
It urged the State Government as the mandated authority empowered under the Foreigners Act,1946 and the Citizenship Act, 1955, to constitute sufficient number of Tribunals under the Foreigners(Tribunals) Order, 1964 to effectively curb and deport illegal influx. (Page News Service)