New JCILPS convener for NRC update in state

IMPHAL,5th Aug: Stressing on the possibility of several illegal immigrants presently living in the state, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, who took charge as convener of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) on Sunday, demanded the state government to take up immediate initiatives to update National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the state. The outgoing convener of JCILPS Arjun Telheiba handed over the charge to Yumnamcha Dilipkumar in a function held in the office premises of the committee on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dilipkumar maintained that he has been a part of the ILPS movement which is being spearheaded by JCILPS since the beginning and the movement forced the government to pass a bill similar to that of ILPS in 2015. Unfortunately, the bill drew flak from some sections of tribal community resulting in death of several protesters.

Later, the committee took initiatives to conduct a series of meeting with stakeholders and different community leaders to arrive at a consensus on the issue. As a result, the present government passed the Manipur People Bill this year, Dilipkumar pointed out.

Despite passing the bill, it is not the time to rejoice since there are still many unfulfilled demands, which were agreed by the previous government, including constitution of a population commission. Neither the Congress government initiated the process to form the commission nor has the present BJP government done anything on the matter till date. On the other hand, the Bill passed recently by the state assembly needs approval of the Governor or the President of India if the former could not give consent. If such condition arises, there is the need for pursuing the matter with the President in order to convert the Bill into Act and formulation of required rules and regulations, he maintained.

Since the previous government passed the Bill in 2015, the committee has been demanding the government to update NRC of the state. However, the state government is not committed enough to take up the initiative. Assam government took the initiative and published the final draft of NRC, which was reconstructed from the scratch, and around lakhs of illegal immigrants were detected during the process.

In a statement, IPAK publicity secretary RK Bhaskar pointed out that according to the 2011 census, the decadal population growth rate in the state is 24.50 pc whereas the decadal population growth rate of the nation is 17.64 pc. This clearly shows that there is high inflow of migrants/immigrant in the state. As such, the government and the census department should collectively work together to identify the citizens as per the National Register of Citizens and take up relevant measures. The state government should prepare the NRC list sincerely and every update should be made public, Bhaskar demanded.

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