Govt open to talk with JCILPS, Robinhood JAC on ILP issue: Gaikhangam

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IMPHAL, July 19: The All Political Parties on ILP had a meeting today during which the burning ILP issue and introduction of a new bill to monitor the incessant influx of outsiders into the state were discussed at length, said Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam.

Addressing a press meet at his official quarter at Babupara here today, Gaikhangam informed that the meeting that began at 3 pm and continued till 7 pm decided to convene another meeting tomorrow at 3 pm for further consultation with JCILPS and other concerned civil society organizations.

He reiterated that the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers Bill, 2015 has been withdrawn with the conviction that a fresh bill acceptable to the people has to be passed in the Assembly according to wishes of the people.

The government had convened an emergency sitting of Manipur Legislative Assembly and during it resolved to withdraw the MRVT & MW Bill, 2015 to draft a new bill at the earliest. The government also appealed to JCILPS and other stake holders to help in drafting the new bill acceptable to the people, he added.

Maintaining that a joint meeting of experts of All Manipur Bar Association, Bar Council of High Court of Manipur, Bar Council of India including senior media persons of the state had deliberated on preparation of a new bill during a meeting on July 17, the Dy CM said that during the meeting, the Chief Minister appealed to the experts to help the government in drafting a new bill at the earliest.

Even yesterday, the government attempted to meet JCILPS for having a talk on the matter but proved futile. There has been no response from their side till today, he said.

Asserting that the government is committed to having a meaningful talk with JCILPS to end the impasse over the ILP issue at the earliest, Gaikhangam appealed to JCILPS and JAC formed in connection with the killing Sapam Robinhood to co-operate with the government to prepare a new bill acceptable to the people.

He then clarified that Robinhood was not booked in the reported FIR registered by police instead it was a sue motto case taken up as per law.

After the victim`™s family filed a complaint in this regard, DGP directed to initiate a departmental inquiry into the incident. A senior IPS officer has been asked to lead the inquiry, he revealed.

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