MLA Azo fears Nagaland will become second Tripura if IBIs are not checked
KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 21: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, while asserting only respective district administrations are authorized to issue and check Inner Line Permit (ILP) today, said its unauthorized issue by any NGOs should be checked.
Responding to supplementary queries from Minister Temjen Imna Along in the Assembly on whether student bodies and NGOs could issue and check ILPs, Rio said ILP gives the privilege of special protection to Nagas and no NGOs are authorized to issue or check it. “No NGOs are authorized to issue or check ILP other then the administration”, he said adding that such unauthorised activity should be checked as it reflects badly on administrative officers.
Conveying that in Dimapur it was not fully enforced earlier as it is a transit gate, but now it has to be imposed in Dimapur and also the two newly created districts ~ Nuiland and Chumoukedima ~ and people should have documents.
Informing the House that online ILPs are available from December 16, 2021, he said administration should check possession of ILP thoroughly without being complacent.
He also pointed out that if local contractors bring labourers from outside, the State should take the responsibility and if any defaulter is found the Contractor or the house owner should be penalized accordingly.
Leader of NPF Legislature Party and Co-chairman of UDA Government, MLA Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu called the attention of the House on the influx of Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBI) saying that in June 2021 a total of 2,36,452 ILPs were registered while over a lakh were renewed.
He said that successive Governments have to be blamed for the influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants as “we have slept over the issue for a very long time”.
The issue of illegal immigrants with or without ILP is a great concern and should be taken very seriously as it has become a growing threat to Nagas, Azo said while fearing that Nagaland will soon become second Tripura.
He also reminded the House that the Modi Government has also asked the State Government to take strong step against influx of illegal immigrants
“We have to wake up to the issue before it is too late lest we become minorities in our State”, said Azo.
Raising a supplementary, Minister Along said that it is a pertinent issue for the very survival of the indigenous inhabitants and requested to make sure that IBI do not enter the State.
Pointing out that many students’ unions in the State are issuing license to non-locals coming from outside the State to stay and also checking ILP, he questioned if they are authorised by the Government. To this, CM Rio had said they are not authorized.
Earlier replying to Azo’s starred question, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton had said that the total number of ILP Registration (Fresh) issued in all the authorised offices with effect from January 1, 2022 till date was 11,718, of which 6173 are tourist ILPs (both domestic and foreign) issued by Commissioner’s Office Kohima.
The total number of ILP renewals from January 1 till September 16 is 15,851, he said, adding that the Commissioner Nagaland, Deputy Commissioners, ADCs in the Sub-Divisional Headquarters, Nagaland Houses at New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Shillong are authorised to issue offline/online ILP for the various categories.
(Page News Service)