House okays population commission, NRC

House okays population commission, NRC

TMB Report

Imphal: The Manipur Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously resolved to establish the Manipur State Population Commission and also introduce and enforce National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State to identify indigenous people.

The House passed the resolution based on a private member resolution moved by MLA Kh Joykisan under Rule 105 under rules of procedure and conduct of business of the House.

Raising the private member resolution, MLA Joykisan said that the hill areas of the State saw a dramatic high growth of population of 153.3 percent from 1971 to 2001. He pointed out that from the period of 2001 to 2011; the population growth in the hill areas was 250.9 percent, which was 120 percent at the national average whereas in the valley, the population growth from 1971 to 2001 was 94.8 percent while the population growth from 2001 to 2011 was 125 percent.

He said that under an Act, people from the valley are restricted from settling in the hill and as such there is no any question of migration of people from the valley to the hill.

He further said that many tribal communities are settling in the hill areas, however, the dramatic rise in population growth in the hill areas of the State is a great concern for all.

Manipur, being a border State, it is highly suspected that outsiders from neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh etc. have illegally sneaked into the State and settled in different parts. Such unrestrained influx of immigrants from outside countries will utterly affect the future survival of the tiny indigenous communities in the State. The government needs to take care of such an unchecked influx of illegal immigrants, he observed.

The Government of India also allows setting up of population commissions in the State, the MLA asserted that establishment of Manipur State Population Commission and implementation of National Register of Citizens in the State are the only steps that can check such rapid growth of population and protect the indigenous communities in the State, Joykishan said, urging the House to pass a resolution in this regard.

Chief Minister Biren while endorsing the private member resolution moved by the MLA said that such a motion to establish population commission and implement NRC in the State is a collective interest of all the Members of the House. The House can take a resolution and urge the Centre, he added. Later, the House unanimously passed the private member resolution.

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