Guwahati, Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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‘NE Govts not taking collective measures’
 DIMAPUR, Sept 11 – Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen said that mass movement or forceful action against illegal Bangladeshi immigrants will not bring any lasting solution.

Briefing mediapersons after a closed door meeting of the State Cabinet Sub-Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas held at the Civil Secretariat in Kohima today, the Home Minister said police and administration are doing their job and regretted that the problem is mainly because of the non-regulation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur district. He also said that there may not be only Muslim illegal immigrants.

Asked whether the State Governments of the Northeastern region are taking any collective measures to check the influx of illegal immigrants, he said there has been no such move till date.

He further appreciated the recent statement of the Naga Students Federation (NSF) last month which said that it is timely for Nagas to have realised the danger of harbouring aliens. Therefore, we have to initiate certain legal measures and steps so that our action does not have repercussion at the cost of thousands of Nagas living outside the State, the NSF had said.

Dwelling on the recent visit of the 60 members of Nagaland Assembly to Delhi under the banner of Joint Legislators Forum on Naga Political Issue, the Home Minister said they only apprised the Government of India that it will be good to thrash out a solution to the vexed Indo-Naga issue before the next State election.

He said the JLF has made its stand clear that there should be unity while also asking the Naga groups to frame common agendas and talk with the Centre. The JLF also conveyed that Nagas should not suffer forever because of the unresolved political issue, he said.

On the response of the factions, Imkong said all had appreciated the JLF while also asserting that they too stand for reconciliation. He said the JLF had not mentioned anything on the ongoing factional rivalry and killings as they too are aware that Nagas are fed up and disgusted. “They should listen to the voice of the people because they talk unity, reconciliation in the name of God and even pray before starting any such crucial meeting, yet they are killing each other,” he said.

On the State general election slated for 2013, Imchen said Naga solution may not have any direct bearing on the normal election schedule. “We have to go ahead with the election unless the Centre says otherwise,” he said.

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