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Opposition MLAs grill Govt over implementation of ILP; “Gazette notification for implementation of ILP will be issued by January 1, 2020 – CM

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Imphal, Dec 18

Congress MLAs Khumukcham Joykishan and RK Imo today grilled the government over the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 questioning the leader of the house regarding the guidelines for implementation of the regulation for the state of Manipur during calling attention motion in the 9th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly which begins today.

Leader of the house, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the state government is working out for framing guidelines for implementation of the ILP and an official gazette will be notified soon by January 1, 2020. 

“Is there any official gazette notification for the state of Manipur for implementation of the ILP under the BEFR 1873 which has been extended to the state of Manipur by the President of India on December 11? As per state government, Union Minister Ram Madhav is the first outsider to enter Manipur with ILP permit on December 13, then what were the modus operandi of those entering the state from December 11 to December 13? If December 13 is the day for implementation of the ILP regulation then what is the total number of outsiders entering Manipur with the permit? What about those non –local who had already entered the state, will they be exempted from the purview of the ILP?”, MLA Khumukcham Joykishan draw the attention of the Chief Minister for clarification.

MLA RK Imo , another congress MLA, who jointly moved the calling attention motion said that as there is no base year mentioned in the BEFR, How far the regulation will be effective in protecting the interest of the state.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while replying to the calling attention motion said that the state government is working out for a guidelines of the regulation for implementation of the BEFR in the state. However, the President of India has already extended the ILP under the BEFR by an Official Gazette Notification on December 11. And following the Gazette notification Manipur has been exempted from the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Biren said Inner Line permit is a long standing demand of the people of Manipur and it has been granted by the Union government in connivance with the passing of the CAB in Parliament.

“We have every reason to be happy, we have every reason to appreciate the present government at the centre for granting the long awaited demand”, the Chief Minister said.

Regarding the issuing of permit to Union Minister Ram Madhav for entering to Manipur, N. Biren said that as Ram Madhav being a Union Minister and as the government of India had already extended ILPS, he felt it important to respect the gazette notification and for that the state Home Department issued a permit.

“As of now the government is working for implementation of ILPS entry point at Moreh, Moa, Behang etc. besides the government will open offices at some locations including state owned Manipur houses at different cities in India”, N. Biren Singh said.

In connection with the base year, N. Biren said that NRC will be exercise soon and as the NRC is also the desire of the Central government across the country, the state will have no problem in checking out the illegal immigrants.    

Rinku Khumukcham

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