The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) on Thursday reaffirmed its stand against the CAA, reacting strongly to the recent statement by a Union Minister on the implementation of the contentious act in all the states across India.
A release signed by JCILPS convenor Thiyam Saratchandra warned of launching intense agitations against any attempts to implement the Act in Manipur. It reminded the series of ‘No CAB in North East’ protests launched by the people of the state along with the other Northeastern states against attempts to pass the bill in both the parliament houses in 2018.
It mentioned that an organisation named Manipur Against Citizenship Amendment Act, 2016 (MANPAC) was formed demanding withdrawal of the Act. The North east people’s convention held at City Convention in Imphal back then had also resolved to scrap CAA, it maintained.
It pointed out that as per Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division, Government of India’s letter number 26030/70/2020-IC.I dated September 27, 2020, under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, States which have implemented inner liner permit system are exempted from CAA. It further said that the ILP regime was extended to Manipur on December 11, 2019 with the then President signing the order and on December 31, 2019 the Government of Manipur issued a gazette notification number I/9(3)/2019-H(ILP) publishing ILP guidelines.
It pointed out that the state is in the middle of a burning crisis with illegal chin-Kuki narco terrorists from Myanmar waging war against the Meitei community. It decried the announcement for implementation of CAA across India amid the tension as well as demands to update NRC.
JCILPS asserted that Manipur should be exempted from the list and reaffirmed its stand against the Act, it stated. It reiterated its warning of launching intense agitations against the Indian government if attempts are made to implement the contentious Act in Manipur.