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By Our Reporter | Shillong, July 30, 2018

The Meghalaya Government has issued immediate instructions to the various district administrations to remain vigilant following the release of the final draft list of the National Register of Citizens or NRC in Assam today.

It may be mentioned that more than 40 lakh people of the 3.29 crore applicants have been left out of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

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“We have issued this instruction to keep a check on the illegal immigration from Assam. We need to remain alert since there are possibilities that these people who have been left out of the final draft list might tried to enter into Meghalaya,” Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told media persons here today.

According to Tynsong, the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts will give the necessary instructions upto the village level to remain vigilance in view of this development.

When asked whether the Government is contemplating on introducing NRC in Meghalaya to verify the citizens residing in the State, he said that the Government is not looking to replicate the policy adopted by Assam Government.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister said that the Government is still on the job of completion of the entry and exit points as part of the comprehensive mechanism to curb influx and illegal immigration.

“We have also identified the areas of setting up of the entry and exit points across the State. A similar infrastructure will be set up even in railway stations once the railway line comes up in the State,” Tynsong said.

He however informed that the Government is facing the problem to get the land in Ri-Bhoi district for the setting up of these entry and exit points.

“The land owners are not willing to part from their lands. The new Deputy Commissioner in Ri-Bhoi is on the job to identify the land which is feasible to set up the entry and exit points. The land to be acquired will be near Byrnihat,” Deputy Chief Minister said adding that in the first phase, a total number of 22 plus exit and entries points will be set up across the State.

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He also said that the mechanism through which the Government intends to check influx is to replicate the system in Sikkim.

Earlier, the Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Tuesday urged ruling National People’s Party-led government and the indigenous people of the state to be on high alert against the possible migration of illegal immigrants from Assam after the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published.

“The NRC in Assam is part of measures to weed out immigrants who illegally settled in Assam after 1971 from the electoral roll. There has been an increase of population after 1971 in Assam and the indigenous tribes of Assam like the Assamese, Bodo, Rabha, Mising and others have become minorities in their own respective regions,” KSU general secretary, Donald V Thabah had said.

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