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2 days session; very short and abrogates peoples’ issue

by Rinku Khumukcham
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One more day is left. The monsoon session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly which began yesterday and adjourned after 35 minutes sitting yesterday will be adjourned sine die on Monday.
The dhamaka protest by BJP workers demanding revocation of the cancellation of the recruitment test for Manipur Police constable batch 2013, the bandh called by surrendered militants, the fury of the JCILPS Women’s Wings volunteers at Keishampat area and the unsettled dispute to the introduction of a legislation to protect the indigenous people of the state will not be able to discuss in the session. Leave aside the demands or the differences, when matters which give direct impact to the common people who live on hand to mouth, when children are being forced to stay home without attending school, when government servant are barred from attending their offices due to the action of some groups placing demands to the government, then such thing is a serious matter and ignoring the situation by the legislators as well as by the government is nothing but a clear sign of failed governance.
It is known to every people that sidelining the issue for introduction of the Inner Line Permit system in the state and the differences between some sections of people from Churachandpur district to the need for a legislation of the kind, will keep the people of the state in the frying pan. People demanding an ILPS legislation in the state being spearheaded by the JCILPS is warning serious consequences if the ongoing Assembly Session adjourned sine die without bringing up a Bill for protection of the Indigenous people of the state. On the other hand a JAC formed against the passing of any such Bill is undergoing serious form of agitation at Churachandpur district by keeping the nine dead bodies at coffins for over a year.
This write up is not to discuss the politics in ILPS related issues, but the kind of subjugation of the issues of certain groups of people and the hardship of the common people by the Legislators.
Even the three government Bills introduced by the state education minister on the first day need to be deliberated in the house. A hasty move and passing of it without proper debate may land the good initiative of the government to devastation. One wonders whether there will be adequate time to discuss the Bill on the last day due to time constraint as well as negligible presence of MLAs in the opposition bench.
State Legislative Assembly is considered as the temple of democracy where the elected representatives hold sitting to discuss for the welfare of the state as well as to look into the kind of problems being faced by the common people.
To someone who lives on hand to mouth, it is beyond their capacity to think on the future of the nation. Sections of people definitely are needed for voicing for the whole of the masses and the government needs to think over the kind of voices. Not only should the demands of the sections of people but also the hardship common people should be the priority in sitting like state assembly session.
Deliberately leaving aside the hot issues burning the state in the state Assembly Session will only showed that the legislators are now no more the representatives of the people but have now converted themselves into dictators.
Shouting outside the house when they are capable of drawing the attention of the house is of no use as these day people are no fool. What makes the business advisory committee of the state legislative assembly decided to hold the session for only 2 days, when there are dozens of issues burning the state, is a matter that makes people ponder on how the government is running the state. Let’s hope the temple of democracy be kept where the people trusted most.

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