Illegal migrants to be verified: Census official

Last Updated: Thursday, April 1, 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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 18:34

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