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NSF demands ILP system for Dimapur

DIMAPUR: Naga Students Federation (NSF) has asked the Nagaland Government to take steps to introduce and bring Dimapur district under the purview of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system while censuring the “half-hearted implementation” of ILP in Nagaland by the authorities.

In a letter to Nagaland Chief Secretary, the NSF expressed concern over the influx of non-locals and illegal immigrants into Nagaland and the lax implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) Act of 1873.

It stated that the present ILP system in Nagaland lacks stringent terms for application, while adding that “issuing of ILP and penalisation of ILP defaulters had made it liberal, porous and ineffective, thus negating the very purpose for which the Act was enacted.”

The apex students body of the State observed that the present ground reality is such that there is an impending threat of the Naga indigenous inhabitants being outnumbered by the illegal immigrant populace. It, therefore, asked Government of Nagaland to immediately frame a strong modality which can tackle the present challenges of incessant influx of non-locals and illegal immigrants.

Towards this, the NSF listed a series of terms and conditions to be incorporated into the new modality for implementation of the BEFR Act of 1873.

The NSF proposed that ILP applicants should produce two local guarantors (employer and house owner). Both the guarantors, it said, should sign an undertaking that he/she should deport his/her ward on the expiry of ILP and report to the ILP Monitoring Cell and that he/she should be held responsible if legal cases against his/her ward arises.

The NSF also stated that validity of ILP should be a maximum of 15 days.

Regarding administrative mechanisms, it proposed the setting up of separate ILP monitoring cells in each district headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, main entry and exit points should be equipped with CCTV, periodical orientation course for administrative officials in the ILP Monitoring Cell and police personnel manning the main check gates, and proper records of ILP holders, guarantors and deportation should be maintained.

It also asked that any kind of permit/license/certificate should not be issued to ILP holders and that a person should be limited to act as guarantor of two ILP holders only.

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