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Maharashtra govt in MNS footsteps?

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has directed the home department to compile detailed information on all illegal migrants residing in the city.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2009 01:35 IST
HT Political Bureau

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has directed the home department to compile detailed information on all illegal migrants residing in the city.

“I have asked the Home Department to direct every police station in the city to compile information on all the foreign migrants in their respective jurisdiction,” Chavan told the Legislative Assembly while replying to a debate in the House on the dwindling number of Marathi speaking residents due to proliferation of migrants.

Chavan said that the police would be asked to check the migrants’ nationality and the purpose of their stay in the city.

BJP Leader Eknath Khadse had earlier said that the Marathi speaking population in the city was declining and the cities infrastructure was under severe strain.

Chavan, however, defended migration within the country and said that the rapid pace of urbanization was bound to bring more people to the cities.

The state government would also review the number of outsiders hired in private companies and factories as opposed to Maharashtrians.

The labour minister Nawab Malik assured the state assembly that they would ensure strict compliance with the recent government resolution that sought to give preference to Maharashtrians.