Garo Hills based NGOs demand steps against illegal immigrants

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, August 02: In the backdrop of Assam releasing the final draft of the National Registration of Citizens (NRC), NGOs from the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya have demanded that the state government of Meghalaya immediately takes steps to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the region.

In a joint memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills (WGH) district, leaders of the Garo Hills State Movement (GHSM), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), A.chik Youth Council (AYC), Tura Government College Students’ Union (TGSU) and All A.chik Youth Federation (AAYF) expressed their deep concern over the issue while opining that the porous inter – state border in Garo Hills and the lack of any mechanism to check influx will prompt people who have been excluded from the NRC list in Assam will try to make their way into Meghalaya.
“It is imperative on the part of the district administration to direct the authorities concerned including the Nokmas, Laskers, Gaon Buras and civil society to effectively checkmate the possible entry of illegal immigrants into those vulnerable places and to transmit the feedback to the district authority as and when persons of suspicious identity are detected in their respective villages so as to ensure early deportation of immigrants back to their places of origin,” the NGOs said in the memorandum.
The NGOs have also demanded that the Infiltration Check Gates are immediately set up in the strategic entry points along the state’s borders with Assam and Bangladesh and that these are altered and activated in the wake of the prevailing situation.


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