Mizoram CM Zoramthanga meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking nod for Mizoram Maintenance of Household Register Bill, 2019 Credit: Twitter image

Aizawl: Appealing for clearing NRC-like bill, aimed at detected foreigners in Mizoram, that has been awaiting the Centre’s approval for months, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday evening.

Zoramthanga, in the meeting, sought Modi’s intervention to ensure that the Mizoram Maintenance of Household Resigter Bill, 2019 is immediately cleared by the Central government and implemented in the state.

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According to reports, Zoramthanga, who had introduced the Bill in the assembly, had said that influx of illegal 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 “grabbed” by such foreigners who clandestinely stayed back and assimilated with the local people.

Zoramthanga told the Prime Minister that the Bill seeks to identify genuine residents of the state and will also help to check arms smuggling, drugs and human trafficking across the border.

The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Register Bill, 2019 was passed by the state assembly on March 18, last year and the Bill was sent to the government for his assent.

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