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Manipur: 1951, The Cut-Off Year in New Draft Bill

August 18, 2015: Manipur Government has, in principle, agreed to adopt 1951 as the cut-off year in the new draft Bill to define the people of Manipur whose names are in the National Register of Citizens, 1951.
Giving a detail account of the actions taken by the Government in response to Joint Action Committee of Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) demand for incorporating its five suggestions in the new Bill prepared by the drafting committee headed by Law Minister Th Deben-dra, the State Government has assured that the committee’s demand for introduction of permit or pass system for non-local people has been included in the proposed new draft Bill.
Regarding the demand for prohibiting non-local people from owning land in Manipur, the State Government has proposed to insert a provision in the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act 1960 by an amendment Bill to regulate the land ownership rights to the non-Manipur people as provided under Article 19(5) of the Constitution of India.
The demand to monitor and regulate visitors and tenants has been taken care of by the new draft Bill by establishing a separate Directorate of Registration of Visitors and Tenants. Detection and deportation of illegal immigrants falls under the Foreigners Act 1946 and necessary steps would be taken under the said law.
Visitors and inter-State labourers will be regulated as per the new draft Bill and its subsequent rules, according to a press release issued by Special Secretary (Home) M Yaiskul Meitei. It also appealed to the JCILPS and people of Manipur to extend full cooperation to the Government in passing the new Bill at the earliest. (Source:http://www.northeasttoday.in/manipur-1951-the-cut-off-year-in-new-draft-bill/)

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