CAB: Shah assures protective clause for Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 4 | Publish Date: 12/4/2019 12:01:17 PM IST

A nine-member delegation of Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill MANPAC on Wednesday pressed the Centre to insert a clause exempting it from the preview of proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, which is likely to introduced in the ongoing winter session of Parliament on December 9.

“We have pressed Union home minister Amit Shah to insert a clause assuring that CAB shall not be extended in the state of Manipur during a meeting with him (home minister),” said MANPAC convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar.

The nine-member delegation of Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) led by the convener held a discussion with Union home minister on CAB on Tuesday night at Assam house, New Delhi. 

A delegation of political parties from Manipur led by state chief minister N Biren Singh also attended the meeting that started from 12.10 am and lasted for about half an hour.

During the meeting, MANPAC put down a detail of possible impact of CAB in Manipur where existence of indigenous people had already been threatened in the absence of any mechanism to protect them.

CAB will be a draconian law for the people of Manipur as they have no constitutional protection like ILPs, sixth Scheduled or any other mechanism to check entry of illegal migrants.

In the absent of such mechanism, Manipur has already faced the impact of influx of illegal migrants from outside the state who intruded into the state by taking advantage of porous and unprotected borders, MANPAC stated.

After a patient hearing of  the submission made by the delegates of the MANPAC and political parties, the Union home minister informed them that the Centre was considering inserting a clause to protect the indigenous people of Manipur in the proposed bill.

A statement of MANPAC dispatched to media after the talk with the Union home minister, stated that he was strongly pressed to insert a clause- “CAB shall not be extended in the state of Manipur”.

If the Centre fulfils the demand of insertion of the proposed clause, people of the state will have no objection to the passing of the CAB, MANPAC asserted in the statement.

Even as the Union home minister assured a protective clause, MANPAC continued to urge him that CAB in any form must not be extended in the Northeast including Manipur.

CAB might be a good in the context of India but for Manipur and NE states it would be a “draconian” policy threatening the very survival of the indigenous people.

The CAB will enhance the already impacted demography of the region where illegal migrants from the three foreign countries have already threatened the existence of the indigenous people. The bigger danger was that these illegal migrants were “economic migrants,” it said.

MANPAC asserted in the statement that even though  the Union home minister gave assurance, there was still the need for people to remain alert as there was possibility of passing the CAB without addressing the desires of the people of the region, 

If the Centre goes against the wishes of the people of the region, MANPAC warned that it will launch intense forms of agitation with the support of the people.

For any unwanted happening arising out of passing the CAB without addressing people’s demand, the state government and Centre must bear the sole responsibility, the statement added.


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