Nagaland panel on influx

The Nagaland government has formed a committee headed by commissioner and secretary to the chief minister, Abhishek Singh, to streamline the inner-line permit (ILP) system, curb entry of illegal immigrants and bring out a strong policy to safeguard the rights and security of indigenous people, following the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

By Bhadra Gogoi in Dimapur
  • Published 22.08.18
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Dimapur: The Nagaland government has formed a committee headed by commissioner and secretary to the chief minister, Abhishek Singh, to streamline the inner-line permit (ILP) system, curb entry of illegal immigrants and bring out a strong policy to safeguard the rights and security of indigenous people, following the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

It was formed after the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) submitted a representation to chief secretary Temjen Toy during a meeting in Kohima on August 18, the JCPI media cell said in a release on Tuesday.

At the meeting, the JCPI members also requested the committee to visit regional transport authorities and municipal councilsown committees to find out random issuance of driving and trade licences to suspected illegal immigrants.

The release said the committee has been asked to submit an interim report within 15 days on a comprehensive action plan and mechanisms.

The JCPI hoped the committee, headed by a senior bureaucrat, would fully satisfy the demands of the public.

The release said the JCPI had strongly urged formation of an ILP monitoring cell and foreigners tribunal to deal with influx. It also suggested that as an experimental measure the issuance of ILP in Dimapur should be handled by the police commissionerate, rather than the office of the deputy commissioner.

The JCPI also raised the issue of non-indigenous people allegedly serving as gaon burhas (village headmen), particularly suspected illegal immigrants, in Dimapur.