The Manipur Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution to establish a state population commission and to enforce the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Members of the house adopted the resolution on the 11th sitting of the full budget session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly following a private members’ resolution moved by Thangmeiband assembly constituency MLA Kh Joykisan.
Leader of the house, chief minister N Biren Singh while joining the discussion, said that all the members would have wanted the institution of a population commission and to implement the NRC.
He called for urging authorities concerned for the same.
MLA Joykisan expressed concern over the reported infiltration of outsiders to Manipur. He pointed out that there was a population growth of 153.3 per cent in the hill districts of Manipur from 1971 to 2001.
However, during the period from 2001 to 2011, the population growth jumped to 250.9 per cent. The valley districts registered a population growth of 94.8 percent and 125.4 percent for the period from 1971 to 2001 and 2001 to 2011 respectively.
Recently, the United Naga Council (UNC) and Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) had come together demanding the institution of a population commission and implementation of NRC to check influx of illegal immigrants. Various civil bodies including the JCILPS had also pressed for similar demands.
Meanwhile, the house also unanimously resolved to reaffirm the resolution number 86 passed by the house on August 1, 2003 urging the government of India to record ‘Sanamahi Religion’ in the census report and also allot a separate code number of the religion in the census operation.
The resolution was moved by the Lamlai assembly constituency MLA Khongbantabam Ibomcha.