NESO delegation airs state, NE issues to Rajnath
IMPHAL, 11th Oct: Among other major issues afflicting the region, a delegation of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO)has raised current issues of border dispute at Manipur, Manipur University, NRC, AFSPA and others during a meeting with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.
During the meeting which was held in the presence of Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, a memorandum was also submitted to the Home minister.
Regarding the MU issue, Kiren Rijiju said that MHRD has been asked to tackle the Manipur University issue and also assured to remind the Union minister concerned again in order to bring an amicable solution at the earliest.
Other demands of NESO which were highlighted in the memorandum included implementation of a proper Education policy, repealing of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958; Assam Disturbed Areas Act, 1955; Assam Maintenance of Public Order (Autonomous District) Act, 1953; National Security Act, 1980; Punjab State Security Act, 1953; implementation of NRC in whole north eastern states; extension of ILP system in all NE states; to resurvey the disputed border issue of Manipur and settlement of the dispute; deportation of illegal Bangladeshis from North East; settling of inter-state boundary issue; framing of an employment policy for North East, etc.
The memorandum was duly signed by NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa and secretary general Sinam Prakash Singh. AMSU president Manjit Sarangthem was also present during the meeting along with other leaders of NESO.
Briefing media persons at New Delhi on Thursday, NESO leaders said that they urged the Centre to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the entire region to detect and deport the illegal immigrants living there.
NESO also claimed that China continued to issue staple visa to those residents of Arunachal Pradesh, who desired to travel to the neighbouring country, and urged the Centre to take up the issue with the Chinese authorities.
"Infiltration of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh is continuing unabated. We demand that like Assam, the NRC should be implemented in all the other north-eastern states," NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said.
The NRC, a list of Assam's citizens, is currently being updated under the Supreme Court's supervision.
NESO is a body of eight student organisations of seven North Eastern states namely Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).
The apex body of the students' organisations also strongly opposed the proposed move to amend the Citizenship Act, saying this would allow the illegal immigrants to take up Indian citizenship.
According to the draft Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the government intends to grant citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians, who have faced alleged religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and taken shelter in India.
"Irrespective of their religion, we consider anyone living in India without valid documents as illegal immigrants," said NESO advisor Samujjal K Bhattacharjya.
He also claimed that China continued to issue staple visa to the residents of Arunachal Pradesh and said the Centre must intervene to put an end to the practice.