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Published on Mon, 03 Apr, 2023 Both

Ccpur, April 1 (DIO): Close on the heels of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Identification of Illegal Immigrants identifying shelter home in Chandel and Tengnoupal districts for displaced Myanmar nationals, the Sub-Committee members today visited Singngat Sub-divisional headquarters and identified site for setting up another temporary shelter home for Myanmar nationals who fled their country in the wake of the unrest there.

Chairman of the Cabinet Sub-committee set up by the State government to look after the rehabilitation of Myanmar nationals Shri Letpao Haokip, Minister of Tribal Affairs and Hill Development was accompanied by other members – Water Resource Minister Shri Awangbow Newmai; Education Minister Shri Th Basantakumar Singh; Shri T Ranjit, Commissioner (Home); ShriKabib K, IGP (Int); Smt Priyadarshni Laishram, SP (Immigration).

Along with officials of Churachandpur District Administration including Deputy Commissioner Shri Sharath Arroju and SP Shri Shivanand Surve, the team identified four barracks inside the Singngat Police Station complex for the shelter home.

Addressing the district officials at Singngat PS, Shri Letpao Haokip said that Myanmar nationals who fled their country against the backdrop of the unrest there should be identified and kept in a shelter home. They will be provided food, lodging facility and other basic amenities including health care on humanitarian ground. Identity card should also be issued to the inmates. They should be allowed to stay in the camp until normalcy return in their home country or any order in this regard is made by the State or Central authority.

“The crux here is to monitor their movement closely and deport all of them once normalcy returns in their home country,” Shri Letpao said.

The committee members also shared thoughts on the modus operandi for identifying any Myanmar nationals who are feared to have sneaked into the State’s territory. The district officials were also briefed to encourage individuals and village authorities not to harbour foreign nationals and instead report the presence of foreign nationals in their jurisdiction so that they (foreign nationals) do not mix freely with the natives.

Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur Shri Sharath Arroju said that intensive verification drives will again start in the district based on intelligence reports by teams comprising police, SDO staff, biometric personnel etc.

SP Shri Shivanand Surve also briefed the members about the verification drive undertaken by the district police for identification of Myanmar nationals.

Speaking to local reporters later at DC’s office chamber here, Shri Letpao Haokip said that any Myanmar nationals who are found avoiding the shelter camp should be dealt severely. He urged all concerned to extend cooperation to the State government. He also encouraged the Myanmar nationals to come forward and register their names with the local authority and not to be apprehensive about the steps taken by the Government of Manipur.

The Minister said that they (foreign nationals) will not be arrested or detained but will be provided all humanitarian assistance temporarily till situation favours their return or any decision in this  regard is taken up by the competent Central or State authorities.

Stringent legal action will also be initiated against anyone found harbouring or providing accommodation/shelter without the permission of the Government.

It may be mentioned here that around 129 Myanmar nationals have been put in detention camp after they were arrested few months back in the district.

Replying to a query, Shri Letpao said that the detained Myanmar nationals are safe in the detention centre.

The identified structures for shelter home today at Singngat have the capacity to house at least 200 people.

Taking cognizance of the apprehension of the general public on the issuesof influx of illegal immigrants across the Indo-Myanmar border, the State Govt is warranted to take up immediate steps for proper identification and preventing any foreign national from naturalisation among the native population.

The Sub-Committee has also identified similar shelter homes in Tengnoupal and Chandel districts.

Care-taker Chairman of ADC Churachandpur Shri Khaipao Haokip also joined the team during the visit today.