GUWAHATI, Aug 19 - Demanding the provision of inner-line permit (ILP) for the State, the Asom Jatiyabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) would launch a movement from August 20. The youth body today asserted that the indigenous population would not get the benefits of NRC unless constitutional safeguard and ILP is implemented in the State.
�The final draft of long awaited NRC has been published. However, it is yet to be seen whether it is going to protect the interests of the indigenous people or not. We are of the opinion that unless the National Register of Citizens is supported by some additional provisions like giving some constitutional and economic safeguards to the indigenous people of Assam, it won�t be able to serve the purpose entirely,� the youth body�s central committee president Putul Dutta and general secretary Palash Changmai said.
�It�s not a new demand from the AJYCP. Suspecting a threat to the identity and existence of the indigenous people due to continuous cross-border infiltration and migration from within the country, the Parishad had demanded for inner line permit in Assam nearly four decades back. Since Independence, these two issues have affected the socioeconomic condition of the State in an adverse manner and some effective steps are necessary to save the indigenous people from becoming minorities in their own land,� Changmai said.
Also expressing concern over the reports of steps taken up by the neighbouring states after publication of the final draft of the NRC in Assam, the AJYCP leaders said that whereas the other states are expelling the doubtful citizens, Assam has no such mechanism to stop those people from taking shelter here.
�We would start our movement on August 20 by staging a three-hour sit-in demonstration throughout Assam. The movement will continue in the days to come,� the AJYCP leaders said.