Imphal: All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) under the umbrella of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) staged a protest on Wednesday at its office on DM University campus demanding proper implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, to update NRC, 1951 as base year and to completely repeal AFSPA among 12 demands.
The student body demanded to immediately fulfil its 12 charter of demands.
According to its president Haobijam Chalamba Meitei said in Manipur the state government has announced that ILP system has been implemented in the state. However, the present ILP system in Manipur do not have any provision to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur.
He said Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System is also continuing its movement and the central government should implement the ILP system with a proper policy in to save the indigenous people of Manipur.
The AFSPA, 1958 should be repealed completely from the entire north eastern region including Manipur. Citizenship Amendment Act should be repealed completely from the entire north eastern region, Chalamba said.
The demands of the student body included immediate implementation of Assam Accord immediately, solving of the inter-state boundary as well as international border issues.
Regarding the education policy related to north eastern region the central government should adopt an educational policy for NE region based on cultural and history of NE region; establish more university, technical and vocational institutes, medical and engineering colleges, research centres. The central government should introduce more courses to the colleges and universities of NE region, the student leader said.
The student body also demanded to formulate a comprehensive policy for economic development for NE region and the administrative centre of Act East Policy must be established in the NE region itself, he added.
He said to solve the unemployment problems immediately from the NE region, central government should declare NE region a special employment zone where all the Grade III and IV of central offices must be kept cent per cent reserved for NE people.
The central government should provide a special constitutional status for NE people with rights over land and natural resources and further demanded that separate time zone should be kept for NE region, he added.
Regarding the refugees issue the central government should solve the issue of Chakma and Hajong of Arunachal Pradesh immediately, he said.
The student body also demanded to look into the issue of Myanmares entering NE to escape persecution like provision of food and shelter and other welfare amenities till the situation improves so that they can return back after the law and order in Myanmar get normalised.