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The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), has made a fervent plea to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, urging the reversal of the decision to abolish the Free Movement Regime (FMR) and reinstate it in Naga territories along the Indo-Myanmar border.

Submitting a memorandum through the Manipur Governor, the Naga student body voiced the concerns of Naga students and youth in Manipur, emphasizing the necessity of restoring the Free Movement Regime. The memorandum respectfully implored the Union Home Minister to reconsider the government’s decision, highlighting the adverse impact it would have on the socio-economic fabric of the region.

According to ANSAM, while acknowledging the Government of India’s concerns regarding the influx of illegal immigrants, the permanent sealing of the border is deemed an impractical and inhumane solution. The student body emphasized that such a measure would exacerbate human suffering and disrupt the traditional ties between communities residing on both sides of the border.

The memorandum underscores the need for alternative measures to address the issue of illegal immigration effectively. ANSAM proposed the implementation of mechanisms such as the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the establishment of a Population Commission, and the strict enforcement of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system. Additionally, ANSAM emphasized the pivotal role of security agencies in ensuring the successful implementation of immigration policies.

The scrapping of the Free Movement Regime is deemed untenable and dehumanizing by ANSAM, as it threatens the livelihoods and cultural bonds of communities residing along the border. The regime’s repeal would disrupt the age-old social and customary relationships that have fostered harmony and cooperation among border communities.