DIMAPUR, Aug 2 - Nagaland unit of Janata Dal (United) said an exercise similar to the one undertaken in Assam for detection and deportation of illegal immigrants by updating the National Registrar of Citizens was the need of the hour in Nagaland.
In a release on Thursday, the State JD (U) said it would put up the agenda as top priority in the next meeting of People�s Democratic Alliance for such an exercise of updating NRC in Nagaland in the form of thorough and elaborate electoral revision or any other method based on December 1, 1963 as the cut-off year.
Recalling that a massive electoral revision exercise was conducted by Naga Students� Federation some decades back, the party, however, said a successful conclusion could not be reached owing to various reasons. �Nevertheless, a beginning was made and an awakening bell was sounded,� it stated.
The JD (U) also cautioned that the indigenous rights and privileges of the Nagas and other rightful non-Nagas based on the cut-off date should not be misused by any individual or authorities.
Chief secretary Temjen Toy, in an official release last week, said the State Government was contemplating carrying out an exercise on enrolment under the NRC.
The government has deployed additional police forces in areas bordering Assam to check and prevent influx of the illegal migrants into the State as fallout of NRC final draft publication in Assam on July 30.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said the Nagas are themselves to blame for influx of illegal migrants into the State. He pointed out that some Nagas brought in people from outside the State to work for them.