The build-up for another round of agitation by JCILPS from December 16 over the government’s silence on the three Bills for implementation of ILPS is bound to suffer a setback with the intervention of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.
A source with Imphal Times said that the Commission has directed the Manipur Government to furnish Action Taken Report regarding the turmoil and unrest over the passing of the three ILPS Bills by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31, 2015 which cost the lives of 9 tribal protestors at Churachandpur district head quarter. The directive was served acting on the representation submitted by one T. Romeo Hmar, Convenor of Manipur Tribal Forum.
In its directives to the Chief Secretary of Manipur, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes had termed the Bills as Anti-Tribal and directed the Chief Secretary about the need for explaining the details by appearing in person if the action taken report to solve the political problem of the tribal people is not submitted within 15 days. According to a documents available with Imphal Times, the period for submission for the action taken report has been over as the directives of the Commission to the Chief Secretary of Manipur is dated 10/11/2015. But it is not certain whether the Chief Secretary has been summoned by the Commission or not.
Meanwhile, another source said the Government of Manipur has sent detailed report of the proceedings of Manipur Legislative Assembly session which passed the 3 ILPS related Bills without any opposition from any member of the house present on the day. The source added that in the report to the Commission, the state government had mention the details of the MLAs present in the house.
Mention may be made that 18 tribal MLAs including the NPF and the Congress MLAs were present at the Assembly session on the day of passing the three ILPS related Bills namely – The Protection of Manipur Peoples (PMP) Bill, 2015; The Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reforms (MLR&R) (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishment (MS&E) (2nd Amendment) Bill 2015.