Wednesday, 18 July 2018

18th July 2018 | Daily current affairs for APSC

  • Chancellor, Prof Jagdish Mukhi, followed by a proactive role of the Vice Chancellor, the Gauhati University has announced an incentive of Rs 5 lakh to Hima Das for her historic feat in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletic Championships held in Tampere, Finland.
  • A Regional Inland Navigation Institute – the second such institute in the country that would impart training in various subjects related to inland water transport – would soon come up in the State. The Central government has committed Rs 50 crore for the institute once the State government identifies the land. The State government had sanctioned altogether 15 modern vessels, four of which were recently launched in Barak valley. The remaining eight would be launched by November this year.
  • The Central government is committed to accelerate cooperative development in Assam through the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). In the last four years (2014-2018), the NCDC has sanctioned a total of Rs 55.46 crore for the State out of which Rs 11.06 crore has already been released. The production of fish and fish seeds in the State has increased by 10.06 per cent and 43.79 per cent respectively in the last two years. Compared to 576,000-ton fish production in 2014-2016, the State has produced 634,000 tons of fish in the years 2016-2018. In case of fish seeds, the State produced 14,738 million fries in the years 2016-2018, which is 43.79 per cent higher than the previous two years. The production of milk increased by 3.6 per cent in 2016-2018 compared to previous two years.
  • Asomoloi Bideshi Prabrajan – Nehrur Pora Modiloi – a chronological account of the issue of illegal cross-border migration from Bangladesh to Assam since the days of the country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the incumbent Narendra Modi –was released. The book is authored by senior journalist Jitendra Kumar Choudhury of Dainik Asam.

Focus Article : Centre working on strategy to tackle influx

As the process of deportation of foreigners remains a very slow one, a proposal to strip the persons declared as foreigners of their citizenship and providing them with biometric long term work permits is under serious consideration of the Government of India.

At the same time, the Government is examining the feasibility of using all available technology to improve guarding of the international border to check fresh infiltration.

As per the present process of deportation, whenever a person is declared as a foreigner by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in Assam, the name of the person along with details of original address of the person is sent to the Home Ministry, which in turn, sends the same to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The MEA takes up the matter with the Government of Bangladesh and very often, the Government of the neighbouring country seeks more details about the concerned person. In this process, it takes months to push back a person to Bangladesh and the neighbouring country’s action of seeking more and more details also creates problems for India. Moreover, keeping the persons declared as foreigners in the detention camps would also become a problem if the number keeps growing.

Sources pointed out that as Bangladesh is a sovereign country, India cannot force it to accept the verdict of the Foreigners’ Tribunals, while, it is impossible to forcibly push back large number of people as it would create serious problems for India among the international community. 

Though some organizations including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) are demanding that India should try to sign a push back treaty with Bangladesh, MHA sources said that merely signing of such a treaty would not solve the problem as the neighbouring country would have to accept the persons sought to be push back as its citizens.

MHA sources said that the Government of India has been trying to put political and diplomatic pressure on Bangladesh to expedite the process of deportation of Bangladeshi nationals caught in India. “But India cannot force Bangladesh to accept such persons and with the Government of Bangladesh is in election mode at present, no immediate solution to the problem is in sight,” sources admitted.

Under the circumstances, the Government is seriously considering the proposal to provide work permits to the foreigners. As per the proposal, efforts would be made to expedite the process of detection of foreigners and till they are deported, they would be stripped of citizenship. 

They would be given long term work permits but they would have no political rights and they would not be allowed to buy immovable property. The work permits would be biometric ones so that it would be easier to detect them later whenever necessary.

It may be mentioned here that way back in 1998, the then Governor of Assam, Lt Gen (Retd) SK Sinha, in a report to the President of India, had made such a suggestion and pointed out that if the foreigners living in Assam are denied of political rights, they would stop getting political patronage.


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