Nagaland: NTC urges govt to implement BEFR (ILP) Committee recommendations

Kohima, April 15 (MExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has reiterated its earlier submissions for effective mechanism and strong system to enforce Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) and Foreigner’s Acts.

While appreciating the Nagaland State Government for “taking the right decision in setting up a Committee on BEFR(ILP) with a view to bring the total areas of the State of Nagaland under BEFR,” it urged the Government to “boldly implement the recommendations submitted by the Committee without further delay.”

It also urged the Nagaland State Government to take up “immediate steps for Administrative Enumeration of Indigenous Population in Nagaland within the ambit of Nagaland Indigenous Inhabitants Notification No. AR-8/8/76 dated 28th April, 1977.”

The “indigenous population enumeration,” the NTC argued in a press statement today from its Media Cell, “is required to maintain real-time data to issue one time Indigenous Certificate which can also create a basis for all succeeding registration of descendants.”

This will, the body claimed, “enable proper identification of aboriginal communities and individual domiciles in the State.”

Further, the NTC asked the Nagaland State Government to “lay down Standard Operation Procedures for identification and strict enforcement of BEFR Act, 1873 and other related Acts for effective operation.”

It also demanded Inner Line Permits (ILPs) with “electronic devices to monitor and track the movement of permit holders with strict regulations to prevent its misuse and exploitation.”

The NTC maintained that Dimapur “cannot be under exemption” by the terms of the existing BEFR Act, 1873 and therefore a “strong mechanism is required to enforce and curb illegal influx in Dimapur area with immediate effect.”

Furthermore, “It is pertinent to set up necessary check points with proper infrastructure in all the entry points with tourist and transit friendly mechanism to regulate their movement without causing undue inconveniences,” the Council maintained.

It suggested a permanent cell under Home Department to supervise and monitor the system and provide necessary trainings to equip personnel of enforcement agencies.

“The dedicated cell should maintain link with all land registration authorities, license authorities and departments issuing permits/cards for various trade and commerce to bring all such documents, licenses and permits/cards within the ambit of BEFR Act,1873, such as Nagaland Land and Revenue Act, 1978, Nagaland Indigenous inhabitants Notification No. AR-8/8/76 dated 28th April, 1977 and other existing protective provisions in the State,” it stated.