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PM urged to take urgent steps on migrant issue

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 23 � Former Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Minister and a signatory to the historic Assam Accord, Biraj Kumar Sarma, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the authorities concerned to take emergent and effective steps for sealing the Indo-Bangla border and to detect and deport the illegal Bangla migrants.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sarma regretted that most of the important clauses of the Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985, have remained to be implemented. Such clauses include the detection of the migrants entering Assam between January 1, 1966 and March 24, 1971 and deletion of their names from the electoral rolls.

The clause relating to the expulsion of the illegal migrants entering Assam after March 25, 1971 has also not been implemented, besides the sealing of the Indo-Bangla border, said Sarma.

Infiltration of illegal Bangladeshi migrants to Assam continues unabated and this has posed a serious threat to the demographic pattern of the State with serious adverse impacts on the culture and language of its indigenous peoples, who are now facing the prospect of being turned into a minority in their homeland, said Sarma.

He also pointed to the fact that due to the presence of a huge number of illegal migrants in the State, which is located in a sensitive border region, the very security of the country is also at risk.

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