Speaker adjourns House sine-die

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JCILPS will be consulted during discussion of fresh bill, Ibobi tells House

IMPHAL, July 10: Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Th Lokeshwar has adjourned sine-die the 11th Session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly which had begun from July 26 after the end of its last sitting today.

In the 11th Session of the House, which had eleven sittings including today`™s sitting, there were two Obituary References, adoption of Motion on Governor`™s Address, five Short Notice Questions, withdrawal of two Starred Question out of the total 67, presentation of seven papers with having 29 Un-starred Questions, presentation of six House Reports and ten calling attention motions with one converted as Short Duration Discussion.

Members of three Financial Committees of the House were also elected by holding election.

General Discussion on Budget Estimates, 2015-16 and Discussion & Voting on Demands for Grants, 2015-16 were also held.

Along with the House members unanimously passing six bills presented by the ruling government, seven bills were also introduced in the House during the session.

One bill was referred to a Select Committee of the House.

During the session, there was a discussion on a matter of public interest and half-an-hour discussion.

On the last sitting of the House today, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh who is also the Leader of the House while referring to the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers Bill, 2015 which was passed during the 10th Session of the House in March, 2015 said that assent of the Governor was sought after the House passed the bill.

He made it clear that the Governor has not totally rejected the bill but it has been kept reserved for consideration of the President of India.

Admitting that plea made by some House members to refer the bill to a Select Committee while the bill was put up in the House for its passage was rejected, the Chief Minister clarified that the bill was passed without referring it to a Select Committee as Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) would be in the belief that the government was not keen to pass the bill if it was referred to a Select Committee.

Any parts of the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers Bill, 2015 can be modified, he said.

Additional clauses can also be inserted in the bill if need arises in future, Ibobi told the House

He further said that fate of the bill is uncertain as it is not clear whether the President of India will consult with the Law Ministry or the bill will be discussed in the Union Cabinet.

However, there is an unofficial report stating that the Government of India cannot keep a bill sent by a State government for more than six months without its consideration, he pointed out.

Disclosing that threadbare discussion will be held with legal experts whether a new bill should be introduced or not, the CM said that talks will also be held with representatives of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System which is spearheading the collective demand for ILPS implementation in the State in this regard.

The CM made the statements while responding to questions raised by Opposition MLA Dr I Ibohalbi Singh during discussion on the Manipur Appropriation (No 5) Bill, 2015 moved by the Chief Minister in the House.

The Manipur Appropriation (No 5) Bill, 2015 was passed by members of the House after having a threadbare discussion.

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