NGOs demand 3-tier card to combat Bangladeshis

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Shillong, Nov 6 (UNI) Several organisations have demanded introduction of a three-tier identity card system to check the entry of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Meghalaya.

The move came in the aftermath of the Assam serial blasts.

At least 20 organisations from across the state called on Chief Minister Donkupar Roy and impressed upon him the need of immediate implementation of the inner line permit and work permit to contain the entry of unabated illegal migrants.

''The influx of outsiders now present a more threatening profile because of the recent spurt of terrorist activities closely linked with the extremist elements from across the border,'' Chairman, Joint Committee of Concerned NGOs, HP Oflyn Dohling said.

In fact, the state police was continuing with its eviction drive against illegal Bangladeshi migrants after the recent serial blasts in Assam.

The issue of influx of illegal ''foreign'' migrants has concerned various students' organisations and the government alike, ever since the formation of Meghalaya in 1972.

''The Chief Minister also expressed his concern on the issue and assured us of introducing the work permit system,'' Mr Dohling said.

The work permit will prevent labourers coming from outside the state to get voting right in Meghalaya.

The permits will be issued to inter-state migrants and need to be renewed every 179 days to prevent the rights of permanent residency as per the existing laws, a senior official said.

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