Centre will not touch Article 371, no illegal immigrant to be allowed: Amit Shah

(Photo Credit: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio)

Kohima, September 8 (NE): The 68th Plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) begins at Guwahati, Assam today (September 8).

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Chaired the 2-day event at Guwahati. Governors and Chief Ministers of North Eastern states are attending the event. During the two-day session, there will be presentations from various ministries and state governments on various developmental issues which are critical to the North East.

Home Minister Amit Shah in his inaugural address at the 68th plenary session of the North East Council (NEC) in Guwahati said that the Centre will “not touch” Article 371 of the Indian Constitution that is applicable to the Northeast and not a single illegal immigrant would be allowed in the region.

After Article 370 was abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir, there were attempts to “misinform and misguide” the people of the Northeast that Article 371 would be scrapped by the Centre, Amit Shah said.

Most of the states given special provisions under Article 371 are in the Northeast and the special status aims to preserve their culture. However, Article 371B deals with special provision with respect to Assam.

“I have clarified in Parliament that this is not going to happen and I am saying it again today in the presence of eight chief ministers of the Northeast that both the Articles are different and the Centre will not touch Article 371,” Amit Shah said.

Attending the 68th Plenary Session of NEC, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted that discussions and deliberations on the progress of ongoing projects and developmental issues critical to the Region are being discussed.