Full proof system to ensure no illegal migrants can enter Nagaland: ILP Committee Report

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According to unofficial sources, the committee has recommended that for people from Assam entering Nagaland, NRC will be mandatory and for people from rest of India, Aadhaar will be mandatory.

 

Naga Republic News

 

The nine member high level committee set up by the Government of Nagaland to strengthen the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system has reportedly recommended for a full proof system to ensure that no illegal migrants can enter the State.

 

The committee headed by Principal Secretary (P&AR) Abhishek Singh was set up last year to suggest measures to strengthen the existing system of issue of ILP in the State as well as to recommend modalities to check influx of illegal migrants.

 

Other members of the committee includes the Home Commissioner, Commissioner Nagaland, Commissioner & Secretary (IT&C), ADGP (Law & Order), IGP (INT), Secretary Home (GAB), Secretary (Justice & Law) and Special Secretary (Home) as Member Secretary.

 

According to reports appearing in the Nagaland local media, the report was submitted to the State Cabinet on February 15 and the same was accepted.

 

Given the popular sentiment prevailing in the State seeking a tougher stand on entry of outsiders, the PDA government headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio decided to extend ILP purview to the entire state including Dimapur district.

 

The government also entrusted the committee on ILP to frame the rules and regulations for ILP implementation within one month; and to advise the Home department to initiate the process of development of the online system of ILP.

 

While the ILP committee has decided to propose more stringent measures, on the other hand it has also suggested that the ‘system should facilitate genuine tourists and legal migrants coming for work’.

 

There will be online system to ensure tracking of ILP holders along with QR Code (barcode scanning) and SMS based verification.

 

According to unofficial sources, the committee has recommended that for people from Assam entering Nagaland, NRC will be mandatory and for people from rest of India, Aadhaar will be mandatory.

 

On inclusion of Dimapur under the purview of ILP, the committee has reportedly left the decision to the state government and provided only the pros and cons on inclusion of Dimapur under ILP System.

 

One example cited was that people from neighbouring Assam come in large numbers every day to Dimapur for business and the need for issuing them ILP on regular basis will result in complications that may impact the business and economy of Dimapur, it was observed by the committee.

 

Another complication will be that there will be a need for even Nagas from Manipur to get ILPs.

 

The committee therefore felt that the real challenge will be in practical implementation of the ILP System in Dimapur.

 

Some other challenges observed by the committee included difficult system of renewals, student bodies issuing Identity Cards, checking and harassment by NGOs, visit to DC Offices – at times multiple, no Data on Actual number of ILPs issued / renewed and absence of any deportation mechanism.

 

Meanwhile the committee has recommended a permanent ILP committee to be constituted in Home Department under Home Commissioner for reviewing the Guidelines as also the exemption list. A similar monitoring committee should be set up in all District Headquarters under the Deputy Commissioners to function under the Permanent ILP Committee of Home Department.

 

It also recommended that all the important check gates – in Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Wokha and Mon will be automated with IT systems, CCTV and training of manpower.

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