SHILLONG, Aug 10 – Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that the problem of influx, on many occasion, is heightened by the local indigenous people of the State for personal benefits.
Addressing media persons at his office, Sangma said, not just the non-indigenous people were at fault in encouraging influx, the local people of the State are also “facilitating” influx for their personal benefits.
“In the case of Tura Super Market, people from outside were asked to come in by the indigenous people to forge business ties. So our own people are facilitating infiltration,” he said.
The Chief Minister added that non-indigenous people residing in the State are sidelined and not taken into confidence on many instances. “We need to reach out to the non-indigenous people residing in the State to become partners in finding solution to this complex influx problem,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that Meghalaya has been “far-sighted” and taking necessary action to thwart influx through a host of measures, including setting up of a task force, under the Labour Department, headed by a Magistrate to detect illegal immigrants. He said the government is also trying to create the a Directorate of Infiltration which would give more teeth in fighting the influx issue, he added.
He further added that it would be incorrect to paint with the same brush a particular community, but issues must be understood on a case by case basis with regards to infiltration.