MEPWAK jubilee gathering opposes citizenship bill

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 24, 2019: Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is a bill to eliminate the indigenous people of the North East and if the President gives his ascent for passing the bill in upper house of parliament the north eastern region will be in trouble.

It was put by vice-president of All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation, Ph. Nando Luwang during silver jubilee celebration of Meira Paibi Welfare Association Kangleipak (MEPWAK) held today at Maklang Bazar, Imphal West.

Nando said it is time find ways to save the people of the state. In response introduce a law to safeguard the indigenous people of the state Manipur Assembly passed Manipur People Bill, 2018 which is yet to be converted into an Act. In the midst the central government has passed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. Legalised by the law about 1.93 crores of foreigners are believed to storm in the country where north eastern region will get the worst impact, he added.

The bill may benefit the big mainland states of the country. The attempt to pass the bill is to create vote bank from the foreigners, said Nando.

He said, to separate non-locals from Assam, people are monitored under National Register of Citizens (NRC).

NRC is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens residing in Assam which was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India. Under NRC about 40 lakhs people were not found in the list and if the CAB is passed in the upper house of parliament those people could easily settle in the region without any objection, said Nando.

If the foreigners are allowed to enter under the umbrella of the citizenship bill the indigenous people will be eliminated from the region, he added.

He also said since the past Meira paibi (women torch bearer) are taking a vital role in the society. They have been playing huge role in reforming the society since World War I. Many issues have been solved with the initiatives of the Meira Paibi and have been contributing till date.

President of MEPWAK, R. Rengsongank Longa Koireng said the women bodies were formed in order to face the social issues. After Manipur was merged in India, many unwanted incidents have been occurring in the name of curtailing law and order problem. Central government deployed para military and security forces under the draconian act Arm Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Under the act many have been killed on suspicion without confirming the individual’s guilt. To safeguard the people from such unwanted incidents MEPWAK was formed, she added.

MEPWAK will co-operate in any social issue of the state to protect the indigenous rights of Manipur, said Rengsongank.

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