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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Citizenship Amendment Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

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Imphal, Dec 9

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha, after rejecting the Opposition’s objections over its introduction. The Bill was introduced after the division of votes in the House. 293 members voted in favour of introducing the bill while 82 voted against the move.
Earlier, Home minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in the House amidst uproar by the opposition members. The legislation is intended to amend the existing law in order to grant an exemption to illegal migrants in selected categories.
Introducing the Bill, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Bill is not against minorities and does not violate Article 14 of the constitution.
Congress, TMC and DMK members opposed the introduction of the Bill in the House. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it is regressive and violates Article 14 of the constitution.
RSP leader N K Premchandran also opposed the Bill saying it violates the basic feature of the Constitution. Prof Saugata Roy of TMC also opposed Bill’s introduction.
Talking to media outside Parliament House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 is in the interests of the Northeastern States and the country. He expressed confidence that the bill will get the nod from both the houses of the Parliament.

Salient features of the Citizen Amendment Bill 
- The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants of six communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. The communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. The legislation relaxes the 11-year criteria for citizenship to six years for refugees belonging to these six religions.
- The Bill also proposes to give immunity to such refugees facing legal cases after being found illegal migrants. The amendment will not be applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and in the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
- The ILP regime is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. The bill was passed by the last Lok Sabha but it could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha.

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Amit Shah introduces Inner Line Permit System in Manipur in LS

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Imphal, Dec. 9

Home Minister Amit Shah today re-introduce the Inner – Line permit system in the state of Manipur in Lok Sabha today. Home Minister Amit Shah today announced the Lok Sabha that the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation 1853 is a long pending issue of the state and to protect the state of Manipur the regulation need to be introduced and the Prime Minister has approve for introduction of the regulation which is popularly known as Inner Line Permit System.

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A phone call that overwhelm our CM; But there is no short cut to the introduction of ILPS

Overwhelm by a telephonic call with Union Home Minister Amit Shah who assured ILPS for the state of Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren took no time to appeal his party karyakartas and spread the message. He even directed the State Home Department to issue notification to celebrate the big announcement made by Amit Shah. Unfortunately, when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was tabled in the Lok Sabha today and was introduced with 293 votes, nothing has been mentioned about the state of Manipur during this whole process. Home Minister justified the bill saying that it is neither against the constitution of India nor does it mention any religion while facing the roar by opposition MPs who termed it as ‘anti-constitutional’ or ‘anti-secularism’.  If the assurance given to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for extension or introduction of ILPS in Manipur by Home Minister Amit Shah as a counter measures from the impact of CAB comes to fruit, it is not only the Chief Minister or the BJP Karyakarta that will applause the Union Government but people across the state will be ready to garland them. It is not because people accept ILPS as a tool to protect the people of Manipur from the impact of CAB. But the appreciation would come for the concern that these central leaders have for this state. This, at least, everyone is clear. However, in this dire time something is always better than nothing. Though, this something is not the provision that protects the people of Manipur wholly.
Now that CAB is introduced, there will be more discussion and readings coming on this bill in the parliament. Therefore, at this crucial juncture there should be intervention from MPs from Manipur to amend the bill so that some protective mechanism comes to light. One way out is to produce the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 in parliament and be extended to the state of Manipur. We should also remember that this has been discussed and passed twice in Manipur State Assembly and now the matter must go to the parliament. Only then there is a possibility of things working out, though limited in nature. However, there should be no confusion on this matter on how to go about this matter. There cannot be any short cut to this. The matter must go the parliament. It cannot be done through a mere executive order. Otherwise, any other attempt will be null and void.
ILPS does not entail the protection of indigenous people of Manipur from the impact of CAB.  In order to understand this, we just need to look at the situation of Nagaland which has special protection under Article 371(a), is a tribal state and at the same time ILPS is enforced over there. 2011 census data reveals that there are 75000 Bengalis, 63000 Biharis, 44,000 Nepalis alone in Nagaland. Most importantly, economy of Kohima, Dimapur and Makokchung are controlled by the outsiders. Coming to Mizoram with its protective provisions, there are 108000 Bengalis and around 11000 Biharis and Marwaris. In Arunachal Pradesh the situation is similar, the total population of Bengalis is 100600 and around 93000 Marwaris and Biharis live there. In Meghalaya, 233000 Bengalis live and in Tripura the situation is dire, as 24 lakh Bengalis have settled there. Given this, the stand of NESO and MANPAC is correct when they oppose CAB in totality.  No provision can protected wholly the state of Manipur. With this, the future of people of Manipur is grim with this bill being introduced in the parliament.

Minister Hankhalian’s daughter owned agency on multi-crore CGST fraud scam

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Imphal, Dec 8

 

A multi-crore CGST fraud scam has come under scrutiny which may lead to eruption of the discrepancies in the financial dealings of state Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department to an alleged CGST defaulting agency. The alleged defaulter is an agency owned by Carolyn Lammuanching daughter of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V.Hangkhalian. How the huge amount of financial consideration went to the agency owned by the concerned Minister’s daughter is not known in a BJP-led government which is known for its tirade against family intervention in the affairs of the government.

The Deputy Commissioner (Special Intelligence Unit), CGST Division, Imphal under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance served a notice on October 29, 2019 to M/s Muanching Agency also quoting the name of Carolyn Lammuanching for intimating discrepancies in the return after scrutiny for tax period February, 2019 of Financial Year 2018-19.

The notice said, “on scrutiny of GSTR-7, it is found that you(the agency) have received consideration amounting to Rs. 12,96,83,125 from the Directorate of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services, Imphal(Tax Deductor 14SHLD01893D1DE) in the month of February, 2019. However, on further scrutiny of your(the agency’s) GSTR-3B return of the corresponding month it was noticed that you have declared outward taxable supplies(other than zero rated, nil rated and exempted) as Rs. 55,66,795 only resulting difference of Rs. 12,41,46,330 between the TDS and GSTR”. The agency was directed to explain the reasons for the aforesaid discrepancies by November 8 of this year failing which legal proceedings will be initiated without further reference to the agency.

Search result based on GSTIN/UIN: 14AFPL8833K1Z4 gives the legal name of business as Carolyn Lannuanching and trade name as M/S Muanching Agency at Centre Jurisdiction Churachandpur Range and State Jurisdiction Zone-10, Churachandpur and Pherzawl Districts(Jurisdiction office).

Meanwhile, a certification was issued by the State Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Directorate on November 6 of this year signed by Joint Director(Planning) Ch.Nandakishore Singh stating that a sum of Rs. 12,96,83,125 had never been transferred in favour of M/S Muanching Agency, Churachandpur by the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Manipur during the tax period February, 2019.

More interestingly on what may open up the under-covered discrepancy in GSTR-7 in the month of February, 2019 the same Joint Director wrote a letter to the Deputy Commissioner(Special Intelligence Unit), Central Division, Imphal referring to that office letter of even No. dt. 13/11/2019 regarding the above subject and requested to extend the date of furnishing the required as desired by the Deputy Commissioner’s office vide letter No. IV(10)07/O&A/CL/CGST/DIV-IMP/2019-20 dt. 8/11/2019 till December 10 of this year on the ground that the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department and officers concerned are fully engaged for review and evaluation study to be conducted by Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad on NEC Schemes, NERSDS and NER Vision 2020 from November 28 to December 4 this year. However, the letter mentioned nothing about why the Department could not furnish the documents sought in the ample time gap after receiving the letter and before engagement of its officials for the review and evaluation study.

The concerns of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department and its clarifications need to be authenticated through fully furnishing the details of all bank account statements given to the agency from the department and the CGST Division, Imphal also needs to thoroughly investigate into the discrepancies in the financial considerations in the interest of clean governance.

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