Resolve encroachment : JCILPS

IMPHAL, May 8: Taking strong exception to the reported encroachment by a group of non-indigenous people (Teli) into the premises of a local deity of Khurai Ahongpung, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has urged the State Government to work out an amicable settlement.
A statement issued by JCILPS convenor Arjun Tenheiba pledged support with regard to the initiative of the Apunba Khurai Ahongpung Kanba Sub-Committee towards protecting the premises of the local deity.
The particular shrine and its premises measuring 0.10 acre was enlisted under the Historical Monument Act as per an order issued by the State Government on September 17, 2000.
However, during the past 10 years, Telis encroached into the premises and constructed a number of temples, community hall and ashram. No one could raise any objection to this encroachment because of political patronage enjoyed by the non-indigenous people and disunity among the indigenous people of the locality.
Now the premises of the local deity has shrunk to just 14 feet in length and 8 feet in breadth.
On the other hand, a much larger portion of the said premises measuring around 50 feet into 100 feet was found registered in the name of one Bheigyapati Prasad.
Taking strong exception to the registration of a public place in the name of a non-local individual through alleged fraudulent means, JCILPS asserted that there is growing need to protect indigenous people, their traditional practices and value systems.
It further urged the Government to enact a Bill/law which can protect indigenous people and their properties.

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JCILPS convenor

Arjun Telheiba has been appointed as the new convenor of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS).
Moreover, former convenor in-charge BK Moirangcha, Ksh Somorendro, Ng Deva, Md Kheiruddin Shah Moijingmayum and Haopu Kom have been appointed as co-convenors, conveyed a press release.

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Looking closely into Jiri MLA’s identity: JCILPS

IMPHAL, Mar 18: Asking all the elected MLAs and the newly formed Government in the State to oblige to the call that non-indigenous people shall not contest elections before passing an effective Bill to safeguard the indigenous people, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) said that it is looking closely into the identification documents possessed by Ashab Uddin, a Bengali Muslim who was elected from Jiribam AC in the recently held Assembly election.
Addressing a press conference today, BK Moirangcha, convenor of JCILPS said that the election of Ashab Uddin came at a time when the committee and the people have been demanding to pass a Bill with 1951 as the base year to protect the indigenous people from the incessant influx of migrants into the State.
He regretted that the MLA has not paid heed to the people’s voice by contesting in the election.
He contended that the MLA’s family have been inhabiting in the State since 1945 as per the land records possessed by the family.
Terming the MLA as a person who does not respect the people’s voice, he expressed optimism that the newly formed Government led by BJP would seriously consider the concern raised by the committee considering the movement of the people.
However, it would not be a wise step on the part of the people to create agitation against the contentious identification of the MLA, BK Moirangcha observed.
Admitting that some amount of time had been taken in ascertaining the MLA’s real identity, he claimed that the committee had started enquiring actual identity of the MLA 10 days before the election.
It may be mentioned that Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) on March 14 announced boycott of MLA Ashab Uddin, claiming that the MLA is a non-local.
The student body has called a people’s convention tomorrow to discuss the matter.

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No to non-local candidates JCILPS reiterates stand

IMPHAL, Feb 16: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has appealed to all non-local people who have filed nomination papers to contest the ensuing State Assembly election to withdraw their nomination papers by February 18.
Speaking to media persons at their Sega Road, Konjeng Hazari Leikai office today, JCILPS convenor in-charge BK Moirangcha reiterated that no non-local people should contest elections held in Manipur until Bills necessary to protect indigenous peoples are passed and converted into Acts.
JCILPS would not remain silent if non-local candidate(s) do not withdraw their nomination papers when there is still time.
Non-indigenous communities to which the non-local candidates belong should also persuade the candidates not to contest the ensuing State Assembly election, Moirangcha said.
Meanwhile, a large number of Meira Paibi activists today staged a protest demonstration in front of the Chief Minister’s official residence under the aegis of the Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM).
The protesters were demanding that the State’s administrative power should not be handed over to non-local people and non-local people should not be allowed to contest elections held in the State.
SSUM publicity secretary N Tanoranjan said that it is their primary duty to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur as non-local people have taken complete control of the State’s economy whereas incessant influx has resulted in demographic imbalance.

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JCILPS says no to all non-local candidates

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Even as one non-local man who was given Congress ticket had returned the ticket and opted to fight the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election as an independent candidate, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has categorically stated that no non-local man should contest elections held in Manipur.
Speaking to media persons at their Sega Road, Konjeng Hazari Leikai office today, JCILPS convenor in-charge BK Moirangcha clarified that they were not asking non-local people not to contest the election on the tickets of National parties, regional parties or local parties.
The JCILPS was asking all non-indigenous people who came to the State after 1951 not to contest elections held in Manipur until the issue of ILPS is settled, necessary Bills are passed and converted into Acts.
“We are aware that many of the Gorkhas and Nepalese settled in Manipur have inseparable relationship with the indigenous people of the State. As for those Nepalese/Gorkhas, JCILPS will extend full support”, BK Moirangcha said.
He then appealed to all the people to identify those Gorkhas/Nepalese who have adopted Manipur as their own motherland from those who came to the State later.
However, the documents produced by the particular independent candidate in support of his ancestry are dubious, Moirangcha said.
“Even if the particular candidate claims that he was born and raised in Manipur, has accepted Manipur as his motherland and is ready to die for the cause of Manipur, we would like to appeal him to withdraw his nomination paper in view of the State’s prevailing situation and people’s sentiments”, continued the convenor in-charge.
Exuding confidence that the new State Government, which would be formed after the State Assembly election, would enforce ILPS or a similar mechanism in the State, BK Moirangcha called upon the indigenous people to be prepared for a renewed ILPS campaign in order to save their own future.

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Non-locals cannot fight election : JCILPS

IMPHAL, Feb 9 : Unless the issue of implementing the Inner Line Permit system is resolved, non-Manipuris who arrived in the State after 1951 cannot fight the ensuing State Assembly election, stated JCILPS.
Speaking to reporters at its office located at Sega Road Konjeng Hajari Leikai, JCILP convenor in-charge BK Moirangcha said that until and unless a Bill to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur is passed, any non-Manipuri who arrived in the State after 1951 cannot contest in the upcoming State election.
“Other political parties while releasing the election manifesto, should also make their stand on ILP issue clear to the public,” he said.
The actual intent of allowing a non-Manipuri to fight the election is to lower the status of the indigenous people of Manipur. To allot party ticket to an individual whose identity cannot be ascertained is an unfortunate decision, he further said.
“People have been against the allotment of INC ticket for Kangpokpi AC to one Khadga Bahadur Tamang. After investigating, JCILPS found out that Tamang family was not included among the group of families who were permitted to settle in Manipur in 1946. As such, identity and origin of Khadga Bahadur Tamang are questionable,” BK Moirangcha asserted.
He further informed that JCILPS had requested Khadga Bahadur Tamang to meet JCILPS to which he agreed to meet on February 8 at Kanglatombi. However, he failed to turn up and later informed through a telephonic conversation that he will meet JCILPS members on February 11 along with all the related documents.
When the indigenous people of the State are facing serious threat to their basic rights and identity, allotting ticket to a non-Manipuri should not be taken lightly, he said.
“After representatives of JCILPS met the Chief Minister in October, 2016, a series of agitation which JCILPS had planned to take up were all aborted due to UNC’s economic blockade and note ban. Launching agitation when people are already suffering under the impacts of blockade and note ban would severely affect the people,” BK Moirangcha informed.

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JCILPS gears up for renewed campaign

IMPHAL, Nov 23: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has decided to launch a renewed mass campaign against incessant influx into the State.
Speaking to media persons at their Sega Road, Konjeng Hazari Leikai office this afternoon, JCILPS convenor in-charge BK Moirangcha said that they would launch a consultation campaign with all the people who have been renting out rooms/houses to non-locals together with local clubs and Meira Paibi groups.
Moreover, the campaign to bar entry of non-local people into the State would   be intensified regardless of whether they possess valid identity proof documents or not.
The campaign may be carried out in a sustained manner or randomly without giving any further notice, BK Moirangcha said.
As invited by the State Government, JCILPS held a meeting with Chief Minister O Ibobi on October 7.
The Chief Minister and his Cabinet Ministers assured that a Bill for protection of indigenous people would be tabled and passed in the State Assembly before the election code of conduct comes into force.  In the meantime, JCILPS submitted a memorandum to the State Government urging the Government to translate their assurance by the last week of November but there has been no response till date.
It is this irresponsible attitude of the Government which has compelled JCILPS to re-invigorate the mass campaign, BK Moirangcha said.  He then urged the Government to either pass the promised Bill before the election code of conduct comes into force or step down.

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JCILPS Student Wing gears up to agitate

IMPHAL, Nov 6: Student Wing of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) which has been spearheading the demand for introduction of a mechanism to restrict the inflow of non-local people into the State is all set to launch another round of agitation to pressurise the State Government to introduce a new Bill for the protection of the people.
Addressing media persons the office of JCILPS located at Sega Road, Imphal, today, JCILPS Student Wing convenor Moirangthem Lakshman said that the State Government has turned a deaf ear to the people’s demand for introduction of a Law or an Act to check the influx of illegal migrants from neighbouring States and country.
On August 22, during a conference held at MDU Hall, Yaiskul, attended by experts, stakeholders and others, certain resolutions were reached. The resolutions were incorporated in a new model draft Bill which JCILPS submitted to the State Government on August 29.
Again on October 7, JCILPS had another round of talks with the State Government urging the same to include all the demands put forward by the committee. The State Government yet again failed to take up positive steps, Lakshman said.
He alleged that the State Government has been trying to defame the genuine steps of JCILPS Student Wing which is spearheading the mass movement.
“The movement of the people should not be challenged by the State Government as it would only lead to a more chaotic scenario”, Lakshman said.
Delaying tactics played by the State Government will only lead to more severe form of protests, he warned while urging the State Government to call an emergency Assembly Session wherein the new draft Bill can be passed.
The JCILPS Student Wing along with students from different schools, colleges and university will launch a series of protests against the State Government for ignoring the plight of Manipuri people, he added.

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JCILPS volunteers march to MLAs houses

In pursuit of the popular demand for enforcement of Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) or a similar mechanism in the State, members of JCILPS Women Wing today marched to the residences of Uripok AC MLA L Nandakumar and Andro AC MLA Th Shyamkumar.
The JCILPS Women Wing volunteers led by their convenor Thongam Apabi first marched to the Nagamapal residence of L Nandakumar.
They shouted many slogans at the MLA’s residence demanding enforcement of ILPS or a similar mechanism in the State.
However, the MLA was not at home.
Nonetheless, the JCILPS Women Wing activists told family members of the MLA to ask Nandakumar to declare his position on the ILPS issue.
The women activists then marched to the quarters of MLA Th Shyamkumar located opposite Kanglapat.
There they talked about the ILPS issue with the MLA.
Shyamkumar said that he would declare his position within the next three days on drafting and passing a Bill for protection of indigenous people.

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