Myanmar nationals taking refuge in Mizoram | File photo

Mizoram chief minister Lalduhoma has said that biometric data of Myanmar refugees residing in the state will be collected soon.

Lalduhoma on May 15 said that biometric enrollment portal has been in place for collection of the data and it will be utilised in near future.

Speaking to leaders of the central committee of Young Mizo Association (YMA) at the CMO’s office in Aizawl, Lalduhoma said that the biometric enrollment portal was prepared in accordance with advice of prime minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.

The YMA leaders expressed concern about foreigners trying to get government documents including Aadhaar card, voter’s identity card and birth certificate, which are only for Indian citizens.

They urged that the Common Service Centres (CSCs) should take utmost care while issuing such cards and certificates.

Lalduhoma said that the state government has been mulling over streamlining inner line permit (ILP) systems by introducing online tracking system so that those who are in the state without valid ILP or using ILP for the purposes of works not applied for can be expeditiously tracked.

He also discussed about convening the state-level core committee on combat of drug menace soon.

The chief minister said that the state government has been pursuing for implementation of household registration process as passed by the state legislature.

The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registration Bill, 2019 was passed by the state legislative assembly but then state acting governor Jagdish Mukhi refused to give his consent and referred the bill to the central government. The centre is yet to give approval to the bill till date.

The bill was introduced in view of influx of foreigners into Mizoram through its porous borders has remained a serious concern for several decades.

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