Guwahati, Sep 26 (UNI) The North East Students Organisation (NESO), an umbrella organisation of various students' groups of the region, today announced a sustained and combined movement against illegal infiltration in the region.
''The NESO has decided to go for a coordinated movement to press the governments, both Central as well as state, to tackle the infiltration problem effectively,'' NESO president Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya told reporters here after an executive meeting of the organisation yesterday.
He added that the next NESO executive meeting in October would decide on the exact nature of agitation programmes.
Warning any group from protecting the infiltrators, he said, ''A comprehensive plan and effective mechanism is needed to rid NE of the foreigners.'' Dr Bhattacharyya also pointed that fundamentalist elements have sneaked into the region through the porous Bangladesh borders and were now posing a threat to the internal security of the country.
Other member organisations of the NESO, including Garo Students Union president Manseng Sangma, Arunachal's Gumjum Haider and Manipur's James Bond, also extended full support to the proposed movement in the their respective states.
The students' leaders also advocated introduction of Inner Line Permit for all states of the region to protect the identity of the indigenous people.
Besides the influx issue, the NESO also discussed problems facing the student community. It demanded introduction of new courses, manpower planning for NE and a special education commission for the region.
The executive meeting also opposed the proposed uranium mining in Megahalaya and announced an agitation demanding justice for Manipur weight lifter Monika Devi.
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