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Tribal conclave sets Sep 30 deadline for ILP bill withdrawal

IMPHAL: A tribal conclave in Manipur Thursday set a deadline of September 30 for exclusion of five hill districts under the administration of autonomous district councils (ADCs) from the purview of inner line permit system (ILPS) and threatened to launch vigorous movement if the government failed to respond in time.

The conclave held on Wednesday at Lamnka YPA Hall of Churachandpur district, came down heavily on tribal policies of Manipur government and described the three bills passed by Manipur Assembly as “unconstitutional” and infringe on the rights of tribal populace of the state.

The conclave also rejected out rightly the three bills: Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, 2015, Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Manipur Shops & Establishment (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 which have been passed by Manipur Assembly on August 31 for introduction of inner line permit system (ILPS) in the state.

It endorsed political demands raised by Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF) for separate administration for tribal people of Manipur.

It viewed that the bills should not be enforced in all the areas managed and administered by Autonomous District Councils (ADCs). It further demanded a special session of State Assembly to pass a separate bill for exclusion of hill areas from the purview of ILPS. The conclave demanded the government to make their stand clear within September 30.

It further decided to continue its movement until and unless the government takes up satisfactory steps towards the resolutions adopted by tribal conclave. It also resolved that JAC should submit a memorandum to Manipur Governor and Indian President at the earliest.

The conclave also criticised the government for its failure to refer the three bills to Hill Areas Committee (HAC) prior to introduction in the assembly on August 28 and observed that the genuine grievances of tribal people of the state was not taken into consideration. 

They mocked the manner which the bills were passed within a short span of ten minutes and nine seconds with no debate on the floor of the house.

Addressing the conclave, Zomi Council chairman LB Sona said that hill people raised their voices due to negligence by elected representatives in bringing development in the hills. Kuki Inpui president Thangjang spoke about the impact of the bills and infringement on tribal rights.

The conclave was attended by leaders of Zomi Council, Kuki Inpi and Hmar Inpui besides church leaders, members of social organisation, philanthropic organisations, academicians and scholars.

Dy CM seeks to allay misgivings on Bills

Allaying apprehensions in some quarters about the three bills passed by Manipur Assembly unanimously on August 31 last, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today said it (bills) would not hurt the interest of the tribal people.

Gaikhangam, who was speaking at the 42nd Foundation Day of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) at Manipur Press club, said there was danger in selective reading of the document instead of reading the whole content to the members of his own tribal fraternity.

“I appeal to them as one of them having been elected from tribal constituency in hill areas of Manipur,” he claimed.

The DyCM also said that there were provisions in the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reform Act which forbid its extension to the Hill areas of Manipur.

The Deputy CM pointed out while the state had been inviting those opposed to the bills for talk, no one was ready to come forward for having talks with the state government.

Source: Nagaland Post

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