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Manipur Govt. refers ILPS bills to president for consent

IMPHAL:Manipur government has written to the President of India urging him to give due assent to the three bills passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31 for providing a Constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people of Manipur.

An official source informed that the state law department has sent a letter to the President on Monday (September 21) to give due assent to the Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill 2015, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill 2015.

Source said the three bills, which the Manipur government submitted to the Governor for his assent, had been reportedly referred to the President on September 17 last.

The three bills were passed by a special session of the Manipur Assembly on August 31 with the objective of addressing the Inner Line Permit issue.

The government communiqué to the President was amidst the prevailing tensions in hill districts, particularly in Churachandpur district after various tribal based civil organisations registered strong protest against the passing of the bills.

United Naga Council (UNC) has also urged upon the Central government to reject the bills. 
UNC leaders also met Ashok Prasad, Special Secretary, Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India during his visit to Manipur and strongly urged him to immediately intervene on the ‘rejected Bills’ and resolutions passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31 and submitted a representation.

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