Kohima, September 2: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) in view of the final National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) draft having been published in Assam, is perturbed by the exclusion of nearly 2 million people.
In light of the poorly enforced ILP regime in Nagaland and the impending exodus of illegal immigrants from the neighbouring states which is posing as the biggest demographic threat to the indigenous inhabitants of the State.
The Federation expresses deep anguish at the State Government for its inaction in the district of Dimapur and for allowing it to flourish as the floodgate of illegal immigrants in the state. The lack of stringent implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BERF) 1873 and the exclusion of Dimapur district from the purview of ILP have made Dimapur district a safe haven for the illegal immigrants. Having said so, there is an imminent threat to the Naga indigenous inhabitants being out-numbered by the populace of illegal immigrants via Dimapur district.
It is, therefore, of paramount importance to the State Government to exercise a strong political will and to immediately act upon the implementation of the ILP regime in Dimapur district as passed on the 21st February 2019 in the Assembly Budget Session and as endorsed in the Abhijit Singh, IAS, ILP Committee recommendation.
The Federation demands that the State Government enforce stringent checking of ILP at all the check gates and impose strong punitive measures on ILP defaulters by the State Police.
The Federation also further appeals to all the Federating Units of NSF and all right thinking Naga citizens to remain more vigilant on the influx of non-locals and illegal immigrants that is expected to sharply increase in the coming days.
It is to be noted that the Naga Students’ Federation and it’s Federating Units have been extensively conducting verification of Inner Line Permit (ILP) holders in various districts in the past many years. However, the lapses and the lack of sincerity within the State Government in the implementation of ILP in the state of Nagaland in its entirety has done irreparable damage on the cultural, economic and demographic aspects, negating the very purpose of BEFR Act of 1873 which was enacted to protect and safeguard the Naga ethnicity as an entity of the land and resources from the outsiders.