JCILPS demands formation of state population commission

IMPHAL,10th Aug: Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has demanded the state government to form Manipur State Population Commission immediately to check and filter illegal migrants coming into the state. Speaking to media persons at JCILPS office, Sega Road here Friday, committee convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar explained that 1951, which has been taken as the base year for identifying migrants in Manipur in The Manipur People Bill, 2018, will remain unchanged. It is unfortunate that two out-of-state publications, ‘Gati Dainik’ and ‘Ancholi Khabar’, have falsely reported that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had declared that the base year would be 1971, he added.

Stating that the evil tactics of some people would not be able to change the contents of the Bill that was finalised with the joint consent of the hills and valley, the convener contended that the central government, under the influences of such people, cannot stand against the people of Manipur.

He further stated that the state government is yet to set up the Manipur state population commission as was agreed upon as per the MoU signed between the government and JCILPS in 2015. The present BJP government should try to set up the Commission at the earliest possible, Dilipkumar asserted, while urging the state government to take a definite stand against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and convey the same to the central government.

Dilipkumar further pointed out the Manipur People Bill, 2018 was passed on July 23 due to the joint effort of the hill and valley stakeholders after a prolonged struggle since 1980 and multiple meetings/discussions held during a period of three years since 2015. The Bill was tabled on July 20 and then sent to Hill Areas Committee for consideration. Thus, designating 1951 as the base year for identifying migrants in Manipur is the joint decision of the hill and valley, the convener reasoned.

Recently reports came in that some people went to Delhi to protest the base year after being brainwashed by some people residing at Jiribam who did not understand Manipuri and spoke only Hindi and Bengali. It is unfortunate that some indigenes of the state could easily be swayed by people with self-vested interests, Dilipkumar lamented.


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