Mizo Students' body makes pitch for repealing AFSPA

Aizawl, 1 June (PTI): Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) (Mizo Student's Federation) today submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Governor Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma where various demands were met including repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958.

The Memorandum from the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) was submitted on the same day by all its constituent members in all the north eastern states to their respective governors.

NESO urged the Centre to repeal not only the AFSPA, which they termed as undemocratic legislation, but also other laws like the National Security Act, 1980, The Assam Disturbed Areas Act, 1955 and the Assam Maintenance of Public Order (Autonomous District) Act, 1953.

The region's student body also demanded formulation of a comprehensive policy on checking infiltration of illegal migrants from neighbouring countries.

The Centre should take immediate initiatives to prepare a register of citizens by updating the National Register of Citizens, (NRC) 1951, which is the only official document on citizenship, they said.

They demanded that the NRC update being undertaken in Assam should be for the whole of the North Eastern Region.

The NESO also, among other things, demanded a separate Employment policy and Time Zone for the region.
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