IMPHAL, Sept 24 - Even as volunteers of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) have started to detect entry of non-local workers into Manipur, the Joint Committee appealed to the people to extend support to the movement.
On Thursday, JCILPS had announced that the entry of non-locals with or without valid papers would be denied entry into Manipur till an appropriate Bill for protection of the indigenous population is passed by the State Assembly.
Close on the heels of detection of 21 non-locals traveling in Imphal-bound buses by women wing members of JCILPS on Friday, another volunteer team on Saturday detected 18 non-locals who were reportedly brought to the State for working in railway projects. The Committee has asked the transporters to take them back.
JCILPS Convenor-in-charge K Moirangcha told reporters that they are compelled to take up such steps as both the Central and State Governments have failed to take up our demands seriously. But our movement is not an anti-Indian, he clarified.
JCILPS, a conglomerate of many civil society organisations has been demanding enforcement of a regulation such as ILP system in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram, to monitor the influx of outsiders,which has posed a serious threat to the existence of the indigenous people.