Issuance of ILP will worsen COVID-19 situation in state: IPAK

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Indigenous People’s Association Kangleipak (IPAK) has come out with a strong statement against the resumption of issuing of ILP pass, slated from 21st July, by the state authority, saying that such irresponsible steps by the state government will worsen the outbreak of Covid-19.

In a press release issued by IPAK General Secretary L.Romen Meetei, it was stated that the order to resume issuing of ILP passes by special secretary (Home) H.Gyan Prakash seems unreasonable and purposefully trying to wipe out the indigenous population allowing people from other states which have been already facing community transmission of Covid-19 into the state. Coupled with rising Covid-19 positive cases in the state the combination will turn out as very harmful, stated the press release.

It is unfortunate that the state government is operating the ILP system just for generating revenue purposes, instead of protecting the interest of indigenous populations during such a hazardous situation being caused in the state by the Covid-19 outbreak, stated the press release.

IPAK put up a query whether the state government is toying with the idea of ILPS for the interest of indigenous people, or just for generating state government revenue. Therefore, if such authoritative practices of ILP system regulation still continue, the people in the state will be heading towards a dark future, it continued.

While the government has been strictly tightening up measures to curb undesirable spike of Covid-19 infection through local transmission from Jiribam and Thoubal Districts, another case of cluster transmission within state among central security forces, closing down of RIMS OPD after a positive case was found transmitted from patients party and the complete close down of markets and shops and imposition of curfew in Thoubal District have proven that the situation is getting worse.

The press release stated in consideration of all variables and circumstances the order of the state government to start issuing ILP passes under the prevailing conditions will cause havoc in the state and lead to extensive spread of Covid-19.

The state government should not take lightly the risk of the pandemic getting bad than it is as that might result in unwanted consequences including mass wiping out of the indigenous population, added the press release.

It has further urged the administration to revoke the order of the special secretary (Home) on restarting the vending of ILP passes until a clear picture of curbing Covid-19 is visible in the state.

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