Emergency Assembly sitting convened on Aug 28 and 31 to pass new ILP bill

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IMPHAL, August 26: Governor Dr Syed Ahmed today gave his approval for the government to table the three bills (i) the Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, 2015, (ii) The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh amendment) Bill, 2015, and (iii) The Manipur Shop and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Assembly to pave way for implementation of an effective Act to safeguard the indigenous people.

Following the Governor`™s approval, a State Cabinet meeting held today itself also decided to convene emergency Assembly sttings on August 28 and 31 to pass the bills.

The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh began at 4 pm at the CM`™s Secretariat.

According to the CAF & PD and Education minister Moirangthem Okendro who is also the spokesperson of the government, the Governor in consideration of the mass movement launched by the people and hard efforts put in by the government on the people`™s demand, has today given approval on passing the three bills namely The Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, 2015; The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Manipur Shop and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Assembly.

He said that the meeting unanimously resolved to produce the three bills in the Assembly session on August 28 and pass it on next session on August 31 after having a threadbare discussion in the House.

Maintaining that the Governor had also summoned commencement of the Assembly sittings, the minister informed that Business Advisory Committee of Manipur Legislative Assembly will have a meeting tomorrow to hold the Assembly sessions accordingly.

The government firmly stands on implementing Inner Line Permit System or a similar Act in the State to protect the indigenous people from the unchecked influx of outsiders, Okendro maintained.

The three bills to be passed in the Assembly will incorporate all demands of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System and people, he assured.

Asserting that the government is fully committed to its assurance made regarding the passage of the proposed bill acceptable to all sections of the people within this month, the minister appealed to the people to remain calm and create a favorable atmosphere so as to resume classes in schools and colleges at the earliest.

It may be mentioned that the government and JCILPS representatives during a marathon meeting held yesterday at the CM`™s Secretariat had mutually agreed to seven points.

The meeting which began at 4 pm and continued till well past the midnight had also agreed to produce the three bills in the Assembly.

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