Kohima: A very pragmatic approach towards Citizenship (Amendment) Bill must be followed to curb the silent invasion of illegal immigrants before times runs out.
On the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) on Thursday asserted that mere opposing of the bill is not a solution. “This is also no time for political parties to engage in bickering and blame games but come together to save ourselves from the impending doom,” CNTC in a release said.
The release further said that the indigenous Nagas were equipped and blessed with many privileges and rights, it has failed in many issues and fronts with the failure to control the unabated influx of illegal immigrants in Nagaland being a major crisis which needs to be addressed.
Although a small, vulnerable population, it stated that Nagas “cannot ever compromise of Nagaland being converted into dumping ground for illegal immigrants”.
“Whether Indian citizen or not, many illegal immigrants of doubtful identities have already entered all our interior districts of the state,” it further asserted that the apprehension over the issue of illegal immigrants being granted citizenship status would not have found much ground for the Nagas and can be checked, if provisions such as the Inner Line Permit Act under the BEFRA 1873, the 16-point agreement, Nagaland Land and Revenue Amendment Act were implemented in letter and spirit.
Despite provisions for the indigenous people, CNTC stated that many (illegal immigrants) have access to immovable property and valid documents that require validation of inhabitants and further pointed out that the Nagaland Land and Revenue Regulation Amendment Act passed by Nagaland Legislative Assembly on August 21, 1978, where only indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland shall acquire or possess land, seemed to become a mere act on paper only without any true implementation.
With the ILP enforced in 10 districts of the state, it stated that the state government machinery and negligence of other organizations in true enforcement. CNTC further added that Nagas are already on the verge of becoming minority in their own land and that “the answer lies in our own hands to decide our fate before it is too late”.