JCILPS awaits government action

Pothashang News Service

Imphal December 5: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, JCLPS has urged the chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh to pass an ILP bill during the winter assembly sitting would begin on December 20.

The joint committee also warned the government to launch mass agitations from December 13 if the government fails to assure commitment within the given deadline ofDecember 8 as resolved by the public convention held in Imphal on December 1.

Seven members of the JCILPS met Biren Singh yesterday to press pass the bill during the forthcoming assembly session. They submitted a memorandum highlighting the resolutions of the people’s convention.

The people’s convention had resolved to launch intense mode of mass agitation if the state government does not give a clear commitment to pass a bill during the forthcoming winter session of the state assembly. It resolved that all the hill people and plain people of Manipur would struggle collectively for the demand. It also resolved to press the government to give its commitment on the same by December 8.

Co-convenor of JCILPS, Arjun Telheiba talking to the reporters yesterday said the government assured to take up steps for the demand by taking it seriously. We pressed the chief minister and his colleagues to make it practical, added Telheiba.

The government replied that it is has busy schedules and could not give a concrete reply on the demand but it will make an announcement soon assuring the people to take up concrete steps to the demand. It was a positive outcome, said Telheiba.

The bills tabled in the house last year was opposed by some communities that brought Chaos in the state. So we requested the chief minister to pass a bill that will be accepted by all the communities of the state. For this the government needs to take up initiatives at the earliest either by forming a drafting committee or by taking a common decision by inviting all the communities to take a decision for the bill.

The people’s movement in the issue has been taking up for long as if the issue is somehow suppressed, we will take up agitation as per the situation said Telheiba.

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