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JCILPS slams Nagaland & Mizoram CMs over ILPs

IMPHAL:Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has criticised chief ministers of Nagaland and Mizoram for purportedly censuring three bills passed by the Manipur Assembly recently.

On August 31 last, the Manipur state assembly had passed The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015. The chief ministers of Nagaland and Mizoram had demanded the Centre’s intervention in the escalating Manipur crisis over the Inner Line Permit (ILP).

Asserting that the bills were intended to protect the original settlers of Manipur, JCILPS convenor Ratan Khomdram alleged that the chief ministers of Nagaland and Mizoram were meddling in the internal affairs of Manipur, which, he said, was none of their business.

“They must not overlook the fact that ILPS is in force in their respective states,” he said. The three bills passed by the state Assembly could be amended and corrected if necessary, the convener said.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the Sarda ceremony of deceased pro-ILPS student Sapam Robinhood on Sunday, Ratan said “The bills do not intend harming the interest of any indigenous community in the state. It was for the protection of the original settlers of Manipur by checking influx of non-locals in to the state.”

Maintaining that the bills would benefit both the valley and the hill people, Ratan said in case there was any misunderstanding due to communication gap or other factors, the same could be resolved through peaceful dialogue.

Taking a serious note on the prevailing situation after some section of hill people raised objections to the bills, he said that JCILPS has started meeting with some leaders from the hills.

Expressing strong disapproval against media reports outside the state which alleged that the non-local people were harassed in the course of the ILPS movement, Ratan said non-local people were never subjected to any form of harassment. He said Bihar MP Pappu Yadav was deliberately floating false and misleading propaganda to take political mileage with a view to the ensuing Bihar election.

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