GUWAHATI, Jan 7 - Senior Supreme Court advocate Upamanyu Hazarika, who is leading a countrywide campaign on the issue of illegal migration of the State, today called for steps to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the State in matters of their land ownership rights, among others.
Hazarika, while speaking as the Guest of the Month of the Guwahati Press Club here, also maintained that there should be provisions to restrict transfer of land ownership rights in the State to the non-indigenous people in line with the other States of the north-eastern region.
Reasoning, he said that unlike Assam, the States where such restrictions are in place face less intensity of the problem of illegal migration.
He also maintained that mere updating of the NRC is not going to solve the problem of illegal migration. For the purpose, the Assam Accord should be implemented in letter and spirit. He called upon the indigenous peoples of Assam and organisations upholding their cause to raise the issue of illegal migration meticulously during the next Assembly elections of the State.