JCILPS threatens stir over ILP resumption order

IMPHAL, 22nd Jul: Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) does not have the authority to allow/prevent entry of non-locals into the state. However, it will not accept the resumption of issuance of ILP to non-locals amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, JCILPS co-convenor Chingkhei Luwangcha said and asked the government to withdraw its order to avoid public agitations. Issuing a statement in this regard, Chingkhei Luwangcha said that it is unreasonable and not the right time for the state to resume issuing ILP permits when the entire country is under lockdown over the pandemic. Over 2000 indigenous people of the state have already tested positive for Covid-19.
Remarking that the order seems like an attempt to annihilate the indigenous population amid apprehension of community transmission of the disease in Jiribam and Thoubal, the co-convenor said that the fear over entry of non-locals via flights despite a ban on entry of non-locals had already been plaguing the state.
Questioning why majority of non-local labourers are not returning to their respective states when natives of the state are back in large numbers, Chingkhei noted that those who are entering the state are mostly from Covid-19 red zones. Many of the non-locals are being brought in under the pretext of infrastructure development.
“JCILPS does not have objection to any development works for the state. However, it does not take the government’s apathy towards the vendors of the four markets and over-enthusiasm in allowing non-locals to enter the state lightly”, he remarked.
Demanding the government to withdraw its order, Chingkhei cautioned of launching various forms of intense agitation in case of failing to do so.

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