Aizawl: The youth wing of Mizoram’s main opposition party Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) on Wednesday submitted a representation to state governor PS Sreedharan Pillai, imploring him to give his assent to a Bill to detect foreigners and check illegal influx in the state.
The youth wing said in its representation that The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019, which seeks to detect foreigners and check the influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, was passed by the state legislature on March 18.
The bill still awaits assent from the government. “We highly appealed you to kindly give assent to the bill in order to check and end the heavy influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants,” the representation signed by ZMP youth president Malsawmzuala and general secretary C Lalrammawia said.
The household register bill was passed by the state assembly on March 18. Chief minister Zoramthanga, who introduced the bill had said the bill after its enactment, would help the state government in identifying foreigners and genuine residents of the state.
He had said that the influx of foreigners into the state through its porous borders has remained a serious concern for several decades and in many cases the benefits of development and welfare programmes are found eaten away to a large extent by such foreigners who clandestinely stayed back and got assimilated with the local people by taking advantage of the mistaken identity and difficulties in detecting them.
Mizoram is sandwiched between Myanmar and Bangladesh, with which it shares 820 km of an international border.
The chief minister had also said that the problem faced by the border-state in the NE due to large-scale influx of foreigners and their malafide assimilation with the permanent residents has resulted in an abnormal increase in the population, which also poses a serious threat to law and order and internal security of the state.
The ZPM youth wing sought the governor of his personal intervention to resolve the long-pending border dispute between Mizoram and Assam and strengthen international boundary security.
It asked the governor to permanently end the Bru repatriation after November and make arrangement for their permanent settlement in their original state of Tripura.
The ZPM youth wing further sought the governor’s help for enhancement of the development of Indo-Bangladesh border and Indo-Myanmar border trade.