Shillong (Meghalaya) , Aug 2 : The all powerful students body in the state – The Khasi Students Union (KSU) has demanded a NRC in the state so that infiltrators and persons with doubtful people l antecedents are identified .
After the successful NRC exercise conducted in Assam which based March 24, 1971 as the cut-off year, KSU , has proposed to the state government a similar exercise so that people doubtful antecedents are flushed out of the state.
A KSU delegation met Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and submitted a petition to have a similar National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Meghalaya.
The Deputy Chief Minister promised that the issue would be taken up for discussion in the cabinet and the government would adopt a mechanism to address the vexed issue of influx by having entry and exit points in the state to check the flow of illegal migrants .
Noting that the first mass migration of outsiders into the regions of the present Meghalaya was in 1971 during the Bangladesh war, the KSU president said: “The migrants, mostly refugees of Bengali origin, were from then East Pakistan.
Meghalaya had been witnessing excessive and unabated influx of migrants from different parts of the country and South Asian sub-continent like Bangladesh, Nepal .
There is a fear among the people of Meghalaya would become like another Tripura or Assam whereby indigenous communities are reduced to minorities in their own homeland.
The KSU proposed 1971 as the cut-off year to segregate genuine and non-genuine residents of the Meghalaya. KSU president said: “If such an exercise is implemented in Meghalaya, it would go a long way to identify the genuine and the non-genuine residents of the state.
The KSU also raised apprehensions that 40 lakh people in Assam who failed to find their names in the NRC may enter Meghalaya which shares a 900-km border with Assam.
The KSU l said that the population growth in Meghalaya from 2001 to 2011 is much higher than the national average of 17.64 percent . The rapid increase in the population growth can be attributed to huge influx of outsiders.
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