Assam leads the way in controlling menace of illegal immigration from Bangladesh
The BJP's vision document for Assam said that tackling the huge problem of illegal immigrants was one of the key issues that would be focused on. On Sunday, the Assam government came out with a draft which said that those marrying below the legally permissible age would not get government benefits. The rules also said that those couples with more than two children will also not be entitled for government jobs.
The main reason behind this new policy is to ensure that the population is under check. It also proposes to tackle the problem of population which is on the rise thanks to illegal immigrants. Several illegal immigrants coming in from Bangladesh obtain voter's ids and reap the benefit of government jobs.
There are several more measures that the government in Assam is taking to ensure that the problem comes to an end. For the Hindus in Assam the issue of illegal immigration is an emotive one. The state has a 34 percent population of Muslims. Out of this 10 per cent comprises Muslims who have migrated from Bangladesh and also have been given Indian citizenship.
There are many who have illegally immigrated from Bangladesh. Many have been given Indian citizenship and this has not gone down well at all with the Hindus in the state. The BJP had been promising all along that this issue is a top priority for them.
Apart from sealing the border with Bangladesh, it also proposes to send back some of the younger illegal immigrants. The BJP also proposes to bar those immigrants from Bangladesh who have been given voting rights.