Replace PMP bill with one agreeable to hill people: RK Anand

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IMPHAL, July 7: Passing the bill on safeguarding the indigenous people of the state is our duty as a citizen of Manipur, said RK Anand, the MLA of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC.

The MLA who was on a spot inspection of various developmental programmes being taken up in his constituency today said it during a stopover at Konjeng Leikai.

He further said that passing a bill or enactment of a law for safeguarding indigenous people is a bold step. We must give our best efforts until assent is given to such a bill and in this honourable endeavour the Indian government must show its support.

However, he supported the passing of a new bill in place of the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015 maintaining that it will be a good step to act after taking into consideration the sentiments of all communities of Manipur. He backed the passing of the bill during the upcoming Assembly session which is likely to be held this month.

Before the bill on ILPS is tabled in the Assembly, we need to discuss it with all stakeholders in the state, he said suggesting that main organizations like JCILPS and JAC-ATB should be invited for discussions.

The merger of Manipur to India was to get same level of status with other fellow Indian citizens. But, still now the Indian government has discriminated against the people of Manipur politically, economically and socially. In other sense the people of Manipur must have equal status compared to other Indians, nothing less, nothing more, according to RK Anand.

Before the stop at Kongjeng Leikai, RK Anand inspected various developmental works at Mongshangei, Ningombam, Kodompokpi, Mekola and Lairenjam.

Due to early start of rainy season this year the condition of drains had deteriorated. Repair of roads has begun with existing fund by filling the holes with stones and sand, Anand said. He gave his words that during the dry seasons blacktopping of most roads in Naoriya Pakhanglakpa constituency will be completed.

Anand further said that those roads which were not included in the 10th phase of PMGSY scheme will be given first priority in the upcoming 11th phases of the scheme.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has given his assurance to help when approached for assistance in maintenance of roads and drains and expansion of airport area, said RK Anand adding that cleansing of Waisel Maril River will be started within two-three days.

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