Illegal migrants to be verified: Census official
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 01, 2010, 18:34
Shillong: All "usual residents" will be included in the Census initially, but a verification will be carried out later to ensure there is no inclusion of illegal migrants in Meghalaya, a Census official said today.

"Initially all usual residents will be enumerated. Later, we will verify them through the registrars of respective districts," Meghalaya Census Operation director, K L Tariang told reporters when his attention was drawn to the fear of the people about inclusion of illegal migrants in the National Population Register.

The verification process would be taken up at a later stage, he said.

Official sources said special instructions had been given to the district magistrates of the border areas to be careful while conducting the census exercise to ensure that names of intruders were not included.

There has been frequent reports of overstaying and disappearance of Bangladeshis who come to India with more than 70,000 people travelling on valid documents still missing since 2006 in addition to illegal immigrants, according to official records.

On an average about 21,000 Bangladeshis, who come with regular visas, either go missing or have been overstaying every year in the country, according to home ministry officials.


First Published: Thursday, April 01, 2010, 18:34

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