IMPHAL, February 28: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has threatened to launch intense form of agitation if a bill is not passed in the ongoing assembly session to safeguard the indigenous people of the State.
Convenor of JCILPS Ibotombi Khuman, speaking at a press meet held today at its office here at Nongmeibung, said in the current Assembly session which will be held for five days, three days have already passed, however nothing have been discussed about the Inner Line Permit system or a similar law to safeguard the indigenous people of the State.
JCILPS members had a meeting with the All Political Party Committee on ILPS including the Chief Minister and his council of ministers along with legal experts at the Chief Minister`™s Secretariat on February 18.
There at the meeting JCIPS members were assured that `the Manipur regulation of visitors and tenants bill, 2015`™ will be tabled in the current Assembly session, he said.
The All Political Party Committee on ILPS had also sought legal opinions from the experts to help implement the said bill during the session at the meeting, he added.
He further said that it is very unfortunate that three days of the five day session has gone by without discussing anything regarding the issue. If the said bill is tabled somehow a day before the concluding day of the session, there is still hope of passing the bill, he added.
He pointed out that the uncontrolled influx of migrants will cause demographic imbalance in the State if not taken care of at the earliest. If the government keeps neglecting the issue JCILPS will initiate actions in a `do or die` manner, he maintained.
JCILPS will stage sit-ins at various places of greater Imphal to pressurize the government to introduce and pass the said bill in the current session, he said.
He informed that they will continue to check on non locals and will start issuing special permit/pass to the migrants in case the government fails to do it. Those migrants who failed to produce proper identification documents will be sent back, he added.
If the said bill is not introduced last by February 2, the remaining sessions will be boycotted, added JCILPS co-convenor Kh Ratan.