STAFF REPORTER/NNN IMPHAL, 14th May:
Kuki Students’ Organisation, General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) has declared that it will render its support to the ongoing movement being spearheaded by Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) for the implementation of Inner Line Permit system or a similar mechanism to check/regulate influx of outsiders.
KSO-GHQ and Students’ Wing of JCILPS held a consultation meet Monday at All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) head office here in this regard.
Addressing media persons after the meeting, KSO-GHQ president Paotinthang Lupheng said, ‘Kuki Inpi and Kuki people have felt the need for ILP in the state since long back’. He pointed out that the Kuki Inpi had submitted a representation to the Central government in 2011 requesting the latter for the re-introduction of ‘Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act, 1873’. “So, this demand for ILP is not a new thing for us,” Paotinthang said.
He further announced that on May 18, a meeting will be convened which will be participated by leaders of Kuki Inpi, tribal leaders and JCILPS leaders in order to discuss strategic planning to ensure implementation of ILPS.
During Monday’s meeting, the student organisations agreed that ILPS is essential and vital for protection of indigenous people of Manipur.
JCILPS Students’ Wing convener Manjit Sarangthem said that with the improvement of condition of the two national highways, entry of “illegal migrant workers and refugees” has also increased alarmingly in the NE states in the last few years, especially in Manipur.
Manjit then said that the Students’ Wing of JCILPS is talking to various tribal student organisations to take part in the movement as it is concerned with the fate of all indigenous communities of the state.
A committee of students’ bodies including both hill and valley areas would exert pressure on the government to frame a law to protect the indigenous people without harming the interest of any indigenous communities. As such, Meetei-Pangal and other minor communities would not be an exception.
He observed that if ILP or a similar act is not implemented while there is still time, then all the 36/37 different indigenous communities would become extinct one day. As such the government should compulsorily pass a new Bill to protect and safeguard the indigenous people.
Manjit further appealed to all inter-state passenger service providers to stop bringing non-locals without identification documents into the state. He also urged the land owners not to accept any non-locals without verifying their identity cards as tenants.