| D.D. Lapang addresses the news conference at Congress Bhawan on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Aug. 17: Concerned over the exodus of Northeast students from the southern states, the North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) has urged the Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to initiate efforts to solve the issue.
Addressing a news conference today, the chairman of NECCC, D.D. Lapang, said he has already written to the Union home minister on the need to tackle the situation urgently.
“Students from Meghalaya and other parts of Northeast have returned to their respective states and this shows that they are facing harassment and this cannot be considered as mere rumours,” Lapang said.
“This is not the first instance that such discriminatory attacks have been made on them. Thousands of students from the Northeast go to the big cities for higher education with a dream of building successful careers. The professionals who work there also make their contribution to nation-building,” Lapang said.
According to the NECCC leader, such incidents are bound to affect their mindset and performance, while also posing a grave threat to their security.
Lapang urged the home minister to initiate action to stem the violence so that it does not have serious repercussions elsewhere and is nipped in the bud.
“It will also reinforce the confidence of the people of Northeast, with the secular, just and noble ideals of our Constitution, that despite linguistic or cultural differences, the social fabric and integrity of the nation will be protected and preserved at all costs,” Lapang added.