MDA mulls legal action against ILPS scrape

IMPHAL, 11th Oct: Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) has strongly resolved to seek legal action against abolishment of Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) from the state in 1950 by the then Chief Commissioner of Manipur Himmat Singh without the approval of Government of India, thereby leading to unchecked influx of migrant workers from other states.
Addressing a press conference held on Friday, MDA convener M Tombi recalled that Inner Line Permit which is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period was put in place during the regime of monarchy and British rule in the state but the then Chief Commissioner of Manipur Himmat Singh issued a gazette notification on November 29, 1950, declaring abolishment of Inner Line Permit System from the state.
He said that the controversial abolishment of the system led to incessant influx of migrants into the state, putting the existence and identity of indigenous people of the tiny land in danger, therefore MDA will take recourse of legal action to fight against the scrapping of the system in the interest of indigenous communities of the state. He also pledged that his political party will extend full support to public movement against the centre’s move to enforce Citizenship Amendment Bill in the north east states though Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is also BJP national president assured that a special clause would be inserted in the Bill to protect indigenous communities of the region.
He asked as to why the BJP-led NDA government at the centre keep insisting on implementing the disputed Bill in the north east when its people are against the Bill which seeks to allow illegal migrants from neighbouring countries to acquire Indian citizenship.
Tombi conveyed that MDA will submit a memorandum each to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister and Chief Minister N Biren to ask them to include a special provision in CAB, if implemented in the state, for ensuring protection of its indigenous people.
He also informed that Angom Manorama Devi of Nambol Phoijing Awang Leikai, who joined Shiv Sena, Manipur State Unit has been appointed as MDA Women’s Front secretary; Satya Tensubam of Nambol Laitonjam Makha Leikai as executive member and Salam Shyamkumar of Uripok Huidrom Leikai as executive member of the party.

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