JCILPS demands Govt to enact ordinance
IMPHAL, 7th Nov: Expressing discontentment over the alleged failure by authorities concerned to protect the indigenous communities of Manipur, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has demanded the state government government to enact an ordinance at the earliest. There is justification in the government waiting for the assent of the President of India to the Manipur People Bill, 2018 when the indigenes population face imminent dilution of identities, culture and traditions, the committee stressed. JCILPS has also threatened of taking its own course of actions after Ningol Chakkouba festival if the government fails to meet the demand. Issuing a statement in this regard, JCILPS media & publicity co-convener Jeetendra Ningomba expressed discontentment over half-hearted actions of the government to check influx of migrant workers as well as illegal immigrants and foreigners (refugees) in the state.
Regardless of the police conducting checks at the entry/exit points at Jiribam, Moreh and Mao gate, sporadic reports of unauthorised influx implies that such measures are up to the mark. It is not sufficient enough to stop the influx of illegal immigrantssince there is no law to curb it, the co-convener claimed.
He asserted that it is no more a secret who brought in the foreigners like Rohingyas and Nepalis into the state. Many of these illegal foreigners are settling in many parts of the state and most of them have even become citizens of the nation. The inter-state passenger service providers are also equally responsible for the rise in influx of immigrants. As such, time has come for all the communities to join hands in foiling bids by illegal immigrants to enter Manipur, Jeetendra exhorted.
While pointing out that total population of non-locals in the state has exceeded that of the tribal community by 33,705 as per the census report of 2001, Jeetendra demanded the government to enact an ordinance at the earliest while waiting for the assent of the President of India to the Manipur People Bill, 2018.
He also demanded formation of Manipur State Population Commission at the earliest as agreed with the government on August 25, 2015 while demanding to constitute Manipur State Land Reforms Commission and enforce Manipur Shops and Establishment Act, 1972.
If the government failed to fulfil the demands of JCILPS before the Ningol Chakkouba festival, then the committee will take up its course of action after the festival, warned Jeetendra while urging the governmentto be sincere and consider the matter seriously. He further urged the government to give up the habit of taking action after occurrence of crisis.