JCILPS demands establishment of population commission in Manipur

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IMPHAL, Aug 10 (Newmai): The Joint Committee of Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) demanded for the immediate establishment of ‘Manipur State Population Commission’ to assess the population of different communities settled in Manipur.

Speaking to media persons at the JCILPS office in Imphal this evening,  Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, convenor of JCILPS, said that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between JCILPS and the Government of Manipur in 2015 to establish ‘Manipur State Population Commission’ within one year. However, even after three year passed, government did not take necessary steps to establish the commission. He said that JCILPS will submit an ultimatum to the government by on Saturday itself for the immediate establishment of the ‘Manipur State Population Commission’.

While reacting to some opposition from certain quarters to The Manipur People’s Bill, 2018 that the base year should be 1971 instead of 1951, Dilipkumar said that JCILPS strongly opposed to the amendment of The Manipur People’s Bill, 2018 base year from 1951 to 1971”. He also said that The Manipur People’s Bill, 2018 “was unanimously passed in the Assembly on July 23, 2018 after a series of meetings and discussions with stake holders including tribal leaders for the last three years”. He also said that later, the Manipur Government passed the bill in the Assembly with in 1951 as base year with the “people’s mandates”.  Dilipkumar added that, unfortunately some sections of the society in Jiribam district protested against the base year.

Dilipkumar then appealed to those people not to protest or meet the Central government leaders without the knowledge of the JCILPS members on the bill. He said that JCILPS office is open for all individuals and communities for discussion to sort out differences if there is any. “If any individual or organisation want to give suggestions they should come forward for discussion,” the JCILPS leader also said.

Further, Dilipkumar announced to strengthen the “task force” in checking illegal immigrants” in the state. The “task force” have been deployed in the two national highways by the JCILPS. It was established after the NRC exercise in Assam over 40 lakh people are left ‘state-less’ at the moment. He then appealed the government law enforcing agencies to remain alert to stop illegal immigrants entering the state.

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