JCILPS presses state government to identify Manipur indigenous people

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Imphal: Proper provisions, as demanded, should be included in the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system at the earliest to identify Manipur indigenous people, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) presses the state government.

The committee warned that it will start replacing the activity carried by police if the government fails to take necessary steps under ILP Regulation Section 20.

Even as the state government has implemented ILP system in the state, the provision that JCLIPS has been demanding are yet to be included, JCILPS convenor BK Moirangcha told reporters here on Monday.

JCLIPS has been demanding to identify who are indigenous people. Permanent residents are yet to be identified and 1951 base year is also yet to be discussed, he added.

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Chief minister N. Biren Singh has been saying at various platforms that the present government has implemented ILP system in the state. However, the present ILP system has no provision for identification of Manipur indigenous people, the convenor said.

A hollow ILP system has been implementing in the state. If proper provisions are not included in the ILP regulation, indigenous people will extinct in few years, he added.

As a part of ILP drive conducted in Imphal, members of JCILPS, superintendents of police of Imphal West and Imphal East along with two staffs of DCs had conducted a meeting on December 6. During the meeting the government officials affirmed that verification of non-locals in ILP drive will be taken over by government officials under the supervision of DCs. The representatives of JCILPS placed their opinion that if necessary steps or penalty under ILP Regulation Section 20, during the ILP drive, are taken then JCLIPS will assist the ILP drive. However, police and administrative officers denied to take such action, he said.

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JCILPS appreciates taking over the drive by government officials under ILP Regulation Section 18. However, the illegal non-locals should not be kept hidden. Related orders have been issued. But, no such drive is started, he added.

If necessary steps of monitoring and verification are failed to take up by the government officials in the next few days, JCILPS will resume the drive without waiting government officials, he said.

He said awareness cum sit-in-protest will be launched on Tuesday at the community hall of Keishampat Leimajam Leikai, Imphal.

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The election model code of conduct is getting close to exercise and if the government keeps on neglecting the demands, JCILPS will start intensive agitations in order to save indigenous people and their rights, he cautioned.

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