President rejects one, returns two
IMPHAL, June 7: The Protection of Manipur Peoples’ Bill 2015 which was rejected by the President will be re-examined in consultations with legal and constitutional experts and a new legislation shall be framed, said a joint press statement signed by the all political party delegation including the Chief Minister.
The statement was issued following a meeting with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.
It said that the all political party delegation met with the Union Home Minister at 11am today at his North Block office and discussed the issues surrounding the bills.
The contentious bills are the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015, Manipur Land Reforms and Land Revenue (7th Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Manipur Shops and Establishment (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015.
The State delegation led by the state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh included 18 members representing various political parties active in the state.
The Chief Minister alongwith other members of the delegation briefed the Union Home Minister on the urgency of the enactment of the bills aimed at protection of the identity and land rights of the Manipuris.
“Thereafter, a brief interaction took place. It was a cordial session in which a reasonable understanding was brought. The duration of the discussion lasted more than one hour,” it said.
Further according to the statement, the Manipur Land Reform and Land Revenue (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Shops and Establishment (second Amendment) Bill, 2015 are under examination by experts for reasonable conclusion.
It added the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015 will also be re-examined by legal and constitutional experts and a new legislation to protect and preserve the indigenous people of Manipur shall be framed after looking into all aspects of hill and valley people of Manipur.
The statement signed by CM O Ibobi Singh, deputy CM Gaikhangam, TN Haokip, K Ranjit, Ksh Bhabananda Singh Th Bishwajit Singh, Th Shyamkumar, L Ibomcha, K Shyam, M Tombi, S Shantikumar, Manihar Goswami, O Joy, N Sovakiran, Th Manihar, Sarat Salam and Ksh Santa further appealed to the people of Manipur to maintain peace and normalcy in State.
Meanwhile, according to a reliable source, during the meeting, the Union Minister had suggested to the delegation to re-introduce the three bills in the State Assembly as only one bill by changing the title.
The source also informed that the HM assured help after the bill is re-introduced and passed by the State Assembly.
He had also advised the delegation to send the bill to the Centre before the coming monsoon session, it said.
The experts shall examine the first two bills for a "reasonable conclusion". In case of the Protection of Manipur People Bill, legal and constitutional experts shall "re-examine the bill for a new legislation taking into consideration all aspects of the hill and valley people of Manipur".
Meanwhile, apprehending more trouble in the valley, the joint statement also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
Since last year Manipur has been experiencing various forms of agitations in connection with the bills.
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