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Rinku Khumukcham

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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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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Not all hope is lost; Manipur’s MPs can move amendment motion when CAB is tabled

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Imphal, Dec 8

As MANPAC, the civil body intensifies its agitation against the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the position of the state government is at critical juncture on dealing with the situation. Assurances by the Chief Minister about having full faith to the central leadership about insertion of a clause turn out to be a joke and the only means seem to have left with the Government is living on the prayer for a blessing from the central Ministers with hopes of getting the Inner Line Permit System for the state, which has now failed to convince the MANPAC and the people of Manipur.

It seems like the state government headed by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is now left with no other option than waiting center’s blessing for the re-introduction of ILPS in the state, which may turn out to be waiting for Samuel Beckett’s Godot. At this critical juncture, it is now MP Dr. Ranjan who is the only hope for rescue of the BJP led state government from the criticism of the Manipur people.

Imphal Times talks to some of the civil society leaders and legislators on the issue to find out if Manipur have lost every hope as the contents of the Bill mention nothing for protection of the state of Manipur and the answer from many of them is negative saying that a powerful uprising in the state in hands with other civil societies of the North Eastern States is the only option left.

However, Octogenarian politician Okram Joy had a different view. He said, RK Ranjan, the MP from inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency have every right to move amendment motion when the CAB is introduced.

Civil group MANPAC, having no other option after the assurances to them by Union Home Minister has not been found in the revised CAB , 2019 has gear up its agitation from today.

As for the Government of Manipur, the only means that they are using for suppressing the peoples’ oppositions and agitation to the passing of the Bill is that they have full confidence to their leader as they assured about re-introducing the Inner Line Permit System that are enforced in the neighbouring states of Nagaland and Mizoram. This perhaps fails to convince the people as no visible action from the side of the Government in inserting a clause for protection of NE states including Manipur.

Now, after the Union cabinet has cleared for introduction of the CAB , 2019, followed by distribution of the Bill to the members of the Parliament, it is loud and clear that, there is no saving clause to the Bill component when it comes for the state of Manipur.

In its revised form, the bill states the amendments will not be applicable to regions in the North East protected by the Inner Line Permit and Sixth Schedule provisions. This includes the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, most of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura, and certain pockets of Assam.

Manipur is the only state in the region which is not covered by the exemptions.

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Dr. Ranjan can move an amendment motion to the CAB when it is introduced in Lok Sabha – O. Joy

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Imphal, Dec 8

Octogenarian politician, who was elected six times, as member of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Okram Joy said that Dr. Ranjan, as a member of the Parliament can move amendment motion to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 when it is tabled in the Parliament at all the three stages of passing the Bill.

Dr. Ranjan, the MP representing the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency, had urged the Lok Sabha to incorporate a special provision in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) so as to keep Manipur out of its ambit during zero hour on November 28. However, after the Union cabinet cleared for introduction of the CAB , 2019, followed by distribution of the Bill to the members of the Parliament, it is loud and clear that, there is no saving clause to the Bill component when it comes for the state of Manipur.

Talking exclusively to Imphal Times today morning, O Joy said that in parliamentary affairs legislative business is one of the important functions. Now the Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha and following that in the Rajya Sabha , he said.

Elaborating on what can Dr. Ranjan do now as a member of the Parliament, O Joy said, “Every member of the house has the right to oppose a Bill or to move for amendment of the Bill”.

“Dr. Ranjan, being a member of the House has the right to oppose the Bill during introduction stage. He has every right to oppose the Bill on the ground that the Bill will affect the North East states of India”, he said.

“He has the right to move an amendment for insertion of a saving clause like moving for amendment to the clause that stated that this Bill has been extended to the entire country by inserting a sentence like “except for North East States” or “Except Manipur”.  Whether his move for amendment will be effective or not, depends to the decision of the House. But as a responsible member of the House he may oppose the Bill.  He has every right to move for an amendment to the proposed Bill”, the Octogenarian politician said.

O Joy further said that the process of passing a Bill is going through 3 stages – that is the 1st reading , 2nd reading and Third reading .

The First reading is introduction and the second reading is discussion of the principle and the third reading is consideration of the Bill on clause by clause. Every member has the right to oppose the Bill at any stage.     

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