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NSF seeks policy action against illegal immigrants

Dimapur, February 8 (MExN): Rudely stabbed in the ribs yet again by another despicable crime committed by immigrants and “refugees” in Nagaland, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today sought the attention of the Naga public to force a sustained and proactive government policy rather than a ‘reactive policy,’ on the issue of illegal immigrants. Drawing analogy with the extent of Muslim immigrants in Nagaland, the NSF also referred to the probability the existence of “militant fundamentalist groups” in the Nagas’ areas.
The NSF vehemently denounced the alleged gang-rape of a Naga woman at Burma Camp colony in Dimapur on the evening of 6th Feb. 2012 by five illegal immigrants. The NSF has demanded early arrest of the fifth ‘Bangladeshi’ and stringent punishment to them to set an example.
‘Islamic militants in Naga areas’
“Taking into serious concern of the heinous crime committed by illegal immigrants, the NSF calls for attention of the general public to be more proactive to contain the saturated problem already created due to the unregulated flow of illegal immigrants,” the NSF said in a statement today. The statement was appended by general secretary N Ejanthung Ngullie.   The current issue facing the Nagas is multi-dimensional, the organization said, and a great part of the crisis is related with the unabated influx of illegal migrants from the neighboring states. This has brought in a serious demographic change in Nagaland in particular and other parts of the North East in general, the NSF reminded.
“The NSF has been spreading awareness that the continued influx of refugees and undocumented migrants from different countries especially from Bangladesh has created a sense of insecurity and apprehension among the Nagas, that our culture, tradition, political identity, and our creeping control over land and existence itself, will be ingested by the refugees.”
The unguarded porous border, the NSF said, has been used by fundamentalist groups to infiltrate into the region, threatening the existence of the Nagas. “There is every reason to believe that there are already a considerable number of militant fundamentalist groups operating in bordering areas of Nagaland with a design to over-run the whole of our land and resources.”
The organization reminded that Nagaland is already facing an acute economic crisis because of her burgeoning population and coupled with low per capita income, poverty is on the rise. “Due to the increase in the population, the demand for food products are increasing and, therefore, prices of essential food items along with goods has increased and, thus creating further problem. Besides, the problem of unemployment is rising to several thousands of people,” the NSF said.
Further, the NSF said to have submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India in 2011 demanding a proactive policy rather than a reactive policy to this issue. “The need of the hour is to understand that it is no longer a humanitarian problem but a security problem, which has become a hydra-headed monster. Time has come to deal with it assertively but without hampering bilateral relations with the neighboring countries,” the NSF said.
“It is time for the countries to understand the seriousness of the issue and set up time bound measures once and for all. This will help in finding a final integrated solution to the problem.”
Policy measures demanded by NSF & NESO

I. In order to protect the indigenous people of the region from further assimilation by dominant communities and their culture, the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 popularly known as the ‘Inner Line Permit’ system must be extended to the entire North Eastern region.

II. The Govt. of India should take immediate initiatives to prepare a register of citizens by updating the National Register of Citizens, 1951, which is the only official document on citizenship.

III. The humanitarian gesture accorded to the Hajong and Chakma Refugees from Bangladesh who were temporarily settled in Arunachal Pradesh, and the initiative of the Govt. of India to grant Indian citizenship and voting rights to these refugees is strongly resented as it has not only created demographic imbalances but a serious political implication.

IV. Govt. of India to come out with a Comprehensive Policy to combat the problem of influx and encouraged the affected people by providing logistic and other supports including financial implication required for its affective implementation.

V. Implementation of the decisions taken in the tripartite talk and to review some of the clauses and implement the Assam Accord in letter and spirit within a time frame.

VI. A Special Commission be constituted to undertake extensive revision of electoral roll aimed at deleting the names of foreigners and illegal immigrants from the electoral rolls within a stipulated time, until such revision is completed no election should be conducted in the entire Region.

VII. The Central Govt. immediately scrape the discriminatory Provision 3 (1) (a) & (b) of the Indian Citizenship Act.

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