Full implementation of Inner Line Permit System in the state soon: CM

Imphal, December 18, 2019 (DIPR): The 9th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began today. The 3 (three) day session will continue till 20th of December, 2019. Chief Minister introduced the Manipur Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the House.

Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh assured the House that Inner Line Permit (ILP) will be fully implemented by January 1, 2020. Replying to a calling attention motion raised by Opposition Members Shri Kh. Joykisan Singh and Shri R.K. Imo Singh, Chief Minister said drafting of Rules and Regulations for implementation of ILP is under process and will be completed soon.  The final notification will be published in the Official Gazette. He further said that issuance of entry forms will be done through Deputy Commissioners and altogether 7-8 entry points like Mao, Jiribam, Moreh among others will be opened. Development of a software for online issuance of entry forms is in the process and once it starts functioning, visitors from outside the state can apply for ILP easily. On penal provisions for visitors without ILP, the Chief Minister said, after thorough study of the penal provisions of neighbouring states where ILP has been enforced already, suitable provisions will be included in the Rules and Regulations.

Expressing satisfaction over the extension of ILP in the state, Chief Minister said that it is due to the relentless effort of the people of the State, Members of Manipur Legislative Assembly, CSOs, Meira Paibis and Political Parties that such a regulation has been extended to the State. People of the state should show gratitude to the Central Government for such a step to save the indigenous people. The extension of ILP in the State will definitely help in protection of the indigenous people in the State.

Opposition Members Shri Kh. Joykisan Singh and Shri R.K. Imo Singh expressed concern over the identification of increasing number of influx in the State. The two members also urged the Government to work out modalities for prohibiting buying of land by non-natives.

Chief Minister also informed the House that the State Level Price Fixation Committee will be formed to check illegal increase of price of essential commodities in the State. Replying to a Calling Attention Motion jointly moved by Opposition Members Shri Govindas Konthoujam and Shri Surjakumar Okram over the escalating prices of essential commodities and shortage of petroleum products in the State, Chief Minister said that the Government acknowledges the fact that people has been suffering due to price rise of essential commodities in the last few days. He said, due to the agitation against CAA in Assam, there had been issues in the transportation of goods including petroleum products but with the restoration of normalcy in Assam, steps have been taken up for free flow transportation. He said, altogether 123 loaded trucks including petroleum products have been moved towards Imphal from Jiribam this morning. Regarding checking of escalation of price and black marketing of essential commodities, he said representatives of Chamber of Commerce will be invited for discussion on the issue.

Chief Minister also informed the House that 82 per cent of the population have been covered under National Food Security Act. He said due to deficient monsoon this year, the production of foodgrains in the State has decreased and therefore additional quota of foodgrains have been sought for distribution under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). As the State Government have already announced drought like situation in the State, Central Government officials visited the State and assessed the situation. A proposal for allocation of Rs.151 Crore has been sent of which Rs. 9.9 crore has been sanctioned. Compensation to the affected farmers will be distributed in a transparent manner and steps have been taken up for cropping in the ensuing Rabi season. Agriculture Department has proposed for allocation of Rs. 12 crore of which Rs. 6 crore has been sanctioned by the Planning Department and the distribution of seeds have been started.

Earlier, raising the issue of price rise, Opposition Members Shri Govindas Konthoujam and Shri Surjakumar Okram urged the Government to take appropriate steps to check illegal escalation of price of essential commodities and shortage of petroleum products in the State. Shri Surjakumar Okram said that stringent action should be initiated against those who are involved in black marketing of essential commodities and asked the Government of how the mandatory stocks of Petrol for 18 days and 23 days for Diesel cannot be maintained.

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