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Nagas are to blame for influx of illegal migrants: Rio

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, July 30 - Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday said the Nagas are to blame themselves for influx of illegal immigrants into the State. He pointed out that some Nagas desperately searched and forcibly brought in people from outside the State to work for them.

On the day of publication of final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Rio gave a clarion call to the Naga people to develop work culture. He reasoned that people from outside come because there is job in the State.

�If you start working, the outsiders will not get jobs. If they do not get job, they will not come,� he stated. Rio was speaking at a programme organised for distribution of tractors and implements to local rural bodies at Agri Expo site at 4th Mile here.

The Nagaland Government has already decided to take all preventive measures against influx of illegal immigrants into the State from Tuesday, a day after publication of final draft NRC in Assam. An official release said Nagaland police have deployed additional forces in the areas bordering Assam to check and prevent influx of the illegal immigrants.

The Chief Secretary had recently informed that the State Government is contemplating to carry out an NRC exercise.

Additional India Reserve Battalion (IRB) units have also been deployed in the border areas. It was also decided to send flying squads to the areas. The State Government has asked the village councils to be vigilant and not to allow the illegal immigrants to enter their jurisdictions or to employ them in any manner.

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