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Manipur BJP mulls land and tenancy law

Imphal, Aug. 7: The Manipur BJP is set to propose enactment of a land and tenant legislation to restrict purchase of land by outsiders and also regulate their stay in the state to a political committee, which was constituted yesterday.

A political meet attended by 17 parties and chaired by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh yesterday constituted a 13-member committee headed by deputy chief minister Gaikhangam to explore possibilities of framing a legislation to protect indigenous people from influx.

The committee will consult legal experts to frame a law to regulate entry and stay by outsiders. It will submit its report “as soon as possible”.

Ibobi Singh had convened the meeting in the wake of growing public demand for introduction of the inner-line permit (ILP) in Manipur.

“We will propose a law on land ownership and tenancy to regulate purchase of land and stay by outsiders in Manipur,” BJP spokesperson R. K. Shivachandra Singh today said.

Shivachandra Singh said the proposed legislation should be on the lines of Himachal Pradesh Land Tenancy and Reforms Act, 1972, which requires a non-Himachali to obtain permission from the state government to buy land.

The land law also does not permit non-agriculturists to buy farmland.

The spokesman said the BJP would also propose to examine the Meghalaya Regulation of Landlord and Tenancy Verification Bill, 2013, while framing the legislation.

The Meghalaya government drafted the bill as legislative measure to address and enforce regulations to contain influx and illegal immigration.

Like in Manipur there is growing demand for implementation of inner-line permit in Meghalaya.

The BJP demanded that the state government should immediately set up a special cell to check illegal entry by foreigners, particularly Myanmarese, Bangladeshi and Nepali nationals in Manipur.

The joint committee on inner-line permit, a citizens’ conglomerate, is yet to react to the resolutions adopted by the all-party meeting yesterday.

Yesterday’s meet also resolved to invite the joint committee to talks on the issue.

“We have not received any intimation from the government concerning yesterday’s all-party meeting and its resolutions. We learnt the development from the newspapers. Therefore, we don’t want to comment on it right now,” the convener of the joint committee, Ibotombi Khuman, said.

He, however, said if the government sent the proceedings of the meeting formally to the joint committee it would react after holding consultations with all the constituent organisations of the panel. He added the ongoing agitation would continue.

Sit-in protests continued in several parts of Imphal today in support of ILP.


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