Nagaland: NDPP firm on its stand on ILP; criticizes BJP leader over PIL in SC

Nagaland: NDPP firm on its stand on ILP; criticizes BJP leader over PIL in SC

KOHIMA | June 28, 2019:

The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) is firm on its stand on the extension of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to Dimapur even as it clarified that this regime will not debar any non-Naga from entering Nagaland.

In a statement issued on Friday, the NDPP said that there is no question of the State Government's decision infringing upon the life, liberty, properties and fundamental rights of the non-Nagas living in Dimapur.

This statement came in the wake of a PIL filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking protection of life and liberty, properties and other fundamental rights of non-Nagas living in commercial hub Dimapur due to imposition of the ILP.

The ILP is only a mechanism to keep in check the entry and exit of people from other States into Nagaland so as to protect the indigenous people of the State, said the NDPP adding "The ILP in no way takes away the rights of any Indian citizen and neither is it a discrimination to the non-Naga's …… nor will the imposition of ILP mean that the non-naga traders have to close down their businesses. "

It stated that with the approval of the Abhishek Singh Committe's recommendations, the decision to frame regulations for implementation of committee's report is being undertaken.   

"The aspiration of the State Government is to streamline the system, use modern technology for better implementation and also to take steps to check influx of illegal immigrants, combat crime and anti-social elements and ensure safety and security for all citizens," read the statement.

Taking a dig at the BJP leader who filed the PIL in Supreme Court recently, the NDPP said "It is indeed most unfortunate that at such a crucial stage in the ongoing talks between the Government of India and the NNPGs, an individual who does not understand the issue at hand has come to jeopardize the hard-earned break through over the years by way of dialogue and discussions."

The NDPP impressed upon the concerned persons and organisations to take all necessary measures on top priority so that the matter of PIL is resolved in an amicable manner at the earliest.

The NDPP also appealed to the non-Naga permanent residents of not only Dimapur but all over Nagaland to come out in support of protecting the rights, privileges and identity of the Nagas.

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