IMPHAL, Aug 9 - The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System(JCILPS) which had been spearheading the month long agitation demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) or a similar law in the state to regulate influx of outsiders (non-domiciles) into Manipur is all set to hold talks with the state government.
The Convenor in Charge of JCILPS Kh Ratan conveyed this while speaking to media on the sideline of the World Indigenous Day observation function at Manipur Press Club here today. Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, while attending a function to observe the Quit India Movement in Imphal today also hoped that the government is expecting a positive response from the JCILPS to hold talks.
�Considering the initiatives, JCILPS is ready to hold talks with the government in a transparent manner right from the number of delegates and issues to be discussed during the proposed meeting,� says Kh Ratan. �The outcome of the talk will also be made public.At the same time the public movement will continue as usual,�he observed.
The step has been taken up after the suspension of six police personnel involved in the killing student S Robinhood by the government followed by frequent invitation to hold talk and resolve the issue amicably, according to JCILPS sources.
On Saturday, the JCILPS submitted a 97-page memorandum to justify their five-point charter of demands on issues of permit or pass, on cut-off base year of non-indigenous persons, on issues of non-alienation of land to non-indigenous persons, on issues of expansion and smooth functioning of the labour department and on detention and deportation of non-indignous persons, to the state government.
The Part I of the memorandum, according to JCILPS functionaries, lays out the reason for submission of the memorandum on the need for introduction of the ILPS or a similar law in Manipur. In 1948, there were just 2178 outsiders in Manipur.Now it reached 10 lakh, JCILPS leader said.There is an apprehension that it would be 40 crore in the next 70 years. Thus cut off base year of non-indigenous persons is required to protect the interest of the indigenous/native people. �The state authority had already agreed to the demand of cut off base year in the eighties,� he claimed.
Manipur had been witnessing widespread public agitation by JCILPS demanding implementation of ILPS in Manipur since last one month forcing the state to witness unrest till date. The agitation has been intensified after the death of student S Robinhood in police action during the agitation on July 8.