Manipur now under ILP regime: Biren

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 11 | Publish Date: 12/11/2019 12:49:52 PM IST

Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime is back in Manipur with effect from Wednesday with President of India Ram Nath Kovind signing the order in this effect.

The regime applicable under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 was abolished from Manipur in 1950. The regime is in force in Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. ILPS has been enforced in Manipur from today ( Wednesday), chief minister N Biren Singh announced at a press conference held at the chief minister’s secretariat soon after the Union home ministry published the same in its gazette on Wednesday.

Singh stated that after the verbal assurance by Union home minister Amit Shah in the Parliament on Monday, the extension of Inner Line Permit System to Manipur was being published in the Gazette of India on Wednesday. 

Stating that it is a dream come true for the people of Manipur, Singh said the implementation of such law will protect the indigenous people of the state. 

The CM thanked the Central leaders for taking up such positive step in a short period for the larger interest of the state. 

He further recalled tireless efforts by the people, CSOs, Meira Paibis (Women torch bearers), political parties etc. for the implementation of ILPS in the state.

 He informed media persons that necessary steps would be immediately taken to check  influx of illegal immigrants in the border areas of the state.

The chief minister distributed a copy of the publication in the Gazette of India to the media persons before he read out the gazette notification. 

On the other hand, opposition Congress in Manipur on Wednesday reiterated its firm stand against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

Addressing a press conference, MPCC vice president T Mangibabu said, “Congress’ stand is very clear. We will always stand firm against CAB,” Giving reason for Congress opposition to CAB, the vice-president observed that ILP system will not be able to check infiltration of migrants adding that there were rooms for entry of migrants to the state even if ILP system is in force.

He said though ILP system has been enforced, a large number of outsiders were in Nagaland and the people of the state were demanding stricter ILPS.

It was reported that around 70,000 people from outside the state were settling in the state despite ILPS. CAB will open the door for granting citizenships to illegal migrants from outside the country who have already settled in states where ILP system is in force. 

The question now is whether ILP system will able to check deport the migrants who had already entered into the state, he asked. For the Congress, ILP system will not be able to detect the illegal migrants who had already entered into the state. It will also not be able to check entry of illegal migrants, he said.

CPI Manipur state council also said that it would not be a wise decision if ILP system is taken as a mechanism to protect people from the impact of CAB. CPI national executive member Dr M Nara Singh cautioned that some section of the society is trying to give an impression that as ILP system has been extended, the state can be protected from the impact of CAB. 

ILPS will not protect impact of CAB

ILPS Demand Committee, the body that initiated the demand for implementation of the system on Wednesday called upon people of Manipur  for a united stand against CAB.

The committee was apprehensive if the  ILP regime been extended in Manipur from today (Wednesday) will able to protect the indigenous people of the region from the impact of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

Addressing a press conference in Imphal, chairman of the committee, Ibotombi Khuman said that the committee welcomed the Centre’s move to extend the ILP system in the state.

He however doubted if the ILP system will able to protect the indigenous people from the illegal migrants effectively and that it remained a big question.



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