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Centre likely to relook at Manipur Bills

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, June 8 - The Centre is likely to intervene to defuse the crisis in Manipur and order re-examination of the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015 by legal and constitutional experts.

A joint statement issued by the Manipur All Party Delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015, which has been withheld assent by the President, will be re-examined by legal and constitutional experts for a new legislation to protect and preserve the indigenous people of Manipur.

The Manipur Land Reforms and Land Revenue (Seventh Amendment) Bill 2015 and Shops and Establishment (Second Amendment) Bill, 2105 will also be examined for a new legislation to protect and preserve the indigenous people of Manipur after looking into all aspects of the hill and valley people of Manipur.

The joint statement further said that there shall be a meeting of all experts called by the Union Home Minister shortly and the Chief Minister will be communicated at the earliest.

The delegation had called on the Union Home Minister on Tuesday even as demonstrators belonging to Manipur Tribal Forum clashed with the police outside the Manipur Bhavan here last evening leaving several injured.

The 18-member delegation, meanwhile, pressed on the Centre to act explaining to Singh the prevailing scenario in Manipur. The Union Home Minister interacted with the delegation at length after which he assured that the Centre would act.

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