After a lull, JCILPS to monitor migrant inflow
IMPHAL, 29th Sep: In sync with the state assembly passing the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 which seeks to regulate entry and exit of non-locals into the state, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has decided to launch a mass movement for monitoring influx of migrants into the state starting October 2.
Addressing media persons at its office along Tiddim Road here on Sunday, JCILPS convener YK Dhiren said that the committee has been launching various agitations demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit System in the state since 2012 to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period and during a protest demonstration staged in 2015, Sapam Robinhood, a student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy was killed in police firing.
He pointed out that it was due to the immense pressure exerted on the state government by the people that Manipur Legislative Assembly passed the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 which is yet to get assent of the President of the country to convert the Bill into an Act.
He elaborated that JCILPS will conduct checking and verification of non-locals staying in different parts of the state from October 2 and as part of the movement, volunteers of the committee along with local clubs and womenfolk of Sekmai and Keithelmanbi will carry out checking of illegal entry of migrants coming from different states on Imphal-Dimapur road (National Highway-2) and Imphal-Jiribam road (National Highway-37). Those non-locals who do not possess valid identity documents will be detained and sent back to their native places with the help of state police, he made it clear.
Dhiren conveyed that the committee will also conduct verification of non-locals engaged in contract works, factories and other business establishments in different parts to ascertain whether they came to the state with the possession of valid identity documents or not.
He also appealed to the contractors and factory owners concerned to support the movement by abiding the Inter State Migrant Workmen Regulation Act, 1979 when they employ non-locals. The convener further appealed to the Booth Level Officers and supervisors of Imphal West, Imphal East and Thoubal districts to conduct voters’ list update fairly and to the Transport Department to issue licence in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 implemented in the state from September 25.