Adoption of 1961 base year for ILP peeves FoH

Adoption of 1961 base year for ILP peeves FoH

TMB Report

Imphal: The Federation of Haomee (FoH) has strongly decried the Cabinet decision adopting 1961 as the cut off base year for Inner Line Permit System, terming it a bid of the government not to cover the
descendants of the non-locals already settled in the State before 1961
under the system.

A press release issued by FoH President Sapamcha Jadumani stated that the State Cabinet should have taken such a decision after having thoroughly analyzed how the ILP system was enforced in three Northeast States – Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.

He said that the ILP system was enforced in the three Northeast States without any base year and all the non-native people of the States are covered under ILP. As such, the States can protect their native people properly till date after having properly defined their native people. The non-indigenous, whether they have settled in the State for 100, 200, 300 or 500 years, have been defined as outsiders, it contended.

Even as the ILP was enacted in the State of Manipur since December 2019, the State Government is still unable to define native people and instead, the government is trying to identify the migrants from Indian States and outside the country as indigenous people, it said.

It termed the Cabinet decision as an attempt to annihilate the minority indigenous people to pave the way for setting up of a society of outsiders.

FioH questioned what steps the Central Government and the State Government have taken up to detect and deport the illegal migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who sneaked into the State and settled under the Foreigner Act, 1946. Future of the indigenous people is uncertain. If the State Government has the political will to protect the indigenous people, it should first detect the illegal immigrants and define the indigenous people and implement NRC with 1951 as the cut off base year, it said.

The agreement signed between AMSU, AMSCOC and the then Manipur Chief Minister RK Dorendra on July 22, 1980 and August 5, 1980 and the agreement signed between the AMSU, AMSCOC and the then Manipur Governor VK Nair agreed to detect and deport illegal immigrants under Census report 1951, NRC 1951 and Village Directory 1951.

In a bid to set aside such agreements, the State cabinet has adopted a base year for ILPS to eye wash the people. Those who are ignorant of such crooked political plots are celebrating the base year adopted by the Cabinet. The State Government should revoke its decision in the interest of the future of the indigenous people, it said.

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