Guwahati: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), Manipur has demanded to take a concrete stand against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and threatened the state government that if the government fails to take any step against the said bill by January 12, an intense agitation will be launched. The joint committee also seeks a strong law to regulate the inflow of illegal migrants.
Convener of JCILPS Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said that if the Citizenship bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha then the Manipur Peoples’ Protection (MPP) Bill will be rendered meaningless where it has been stated that the base year for granting citizenship in the MPP is 1951. He further urged the state government to act fast against the Citizenship bill. He also said that Manipur will bear the full brunt of the bill and its impacts.
The All Manipur United Club’s Organisation (AMUCO) has also joined the tirade saying that the bill poses a severe threat to the people of Northeast in general and particularly the people of Manipur. President of AMUCO, Ph Deban also warned both the state and the central government to take steps against the bill as soon as possible.
United Peoples’ Front (UPF) also appealed all the civil bodies to demand cancellation of the bill and urged the Chief Minister of Manipur Biren Singh to raise voice against the bill. Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) also extended their support for opposing the citizenship bill and said that they will take all possible steps to suspend the bill.
North East Indigenous Peoples’ Forum (NEIPF) also urged the people to stand united and that a fitting reply should be send to the Centre. They also added that appropriate actions would be taken against the said bill for the rights of the indigenous people and that the people should remain alert and prepared.