An all-party delegation from Manipur led by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him about the need for presidential assent to convert three Inner Line Permit System related bills into acts.
The delegation conveyed to the Home Minister the necessity of getting presidential assent to the three bills which were opposed by tribal groups of the State. Singh gave a patience hearing to the delegation.
The Chief Minister was joined by representatives of BJP, LJD, JD (U), CPI (M), among others.
The three bills were passed last year in August after months of mass movement to protect the indigenous populace from the illegal immigrants in the State, including those from neighbouring Myanmar.
The delegation sought presidential assent to have the three bills converted into acts.
The bills have been strongly opposed by tribals particularly Nagas and Kukis, who mainly inhabit the hill districts of Manipur.
The Manipur Tribals Forum (MTF) has for many months been protesting in New Delhi against the three bills and the death of nine young protesters last September in Churachandpur district of the state.
The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), which spearheads the movement for legislation to protect the indigenous population from migrants, announced its own shutdown against the delay in enactment of the three bills.
The JCILPS demands an inner line permit (ILP) system for Manipur which has been encapsulated in the three anti-migrant bills passed by the Manipur assembly that now await the president’s nod.