Student bodies urge CM to update NRC

IMPHAL, 24th Feb: Three student organisations Saturday submitted a memorandum to chief minister N Biren urging him to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the state considering the threats posed to the survival of indigenous communities of the state due to unchecked influx of illegal migrants. During a joint media briefing organised by DESAM, ANSAM and AIMS at the DESAM office on Saturday, DESAM president Salam Akash recounted how the number of non-locals has increased gradually in the state after its merger to the Indian Union in 1949. Following a public uprising spearheaded by student organisations, the state government signed an agreement with the agitating bodies in 1980 to begin identification of migrants from August 1, 1980 with January 26, 1950 as the base year. The agreement also resolved to identify migrants based on the census report, NRC and village directories of 1951. The same agreement was reaffirmed on November 9, 1994, he added. The memorandum submitted to the CM also demanded taking up strict measures to ensure sincere efforts by the government officials in updating the NCR. ANSAM president Seth Satsang and AIMS president Rajesh Yumnam were also present during the press conference.

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