Imphal, June 18: Speaking to reporters after paying floral tribute to the June 18 martyrs at Kekrupat in Imphal, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today said that state government is working out a new Bill to protect the indigenous people of the state. The statement came up from one of the government authority after one among the 3 Bills passed by the state legislators for introduction of the ILPS in the state was denied assent by the President of India.
“We are preparing a new Bill in consultation with all stakeholders for protection of the minority population which is now equivalent to micro status”, Gaikhangam said.
The protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015 which was passed along with the Manipur Land Revenue and land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Manipur Shops and establishments (Second Amendment) Bills was withhold assent by the president while the other two was being discussed to find a reasonable conclusion by the central government.
An all political party delegation led by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had recently visited New Delhi and met the Home Minister to apprise the central leadership about the need for introduction of such legislation as the indigenous population is sensing threats from outsiders. During the meeting it was let known to all the representatives of the Political party delegation that the Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, 2015 was withhold assent by the president of India.
Gaikhangam declined to give any comment regarding the announcement of former JCILPS convenor Kh. Ratan, as wanted on the ground that giving comment to the matter will be subjudice as it is in the court.