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Saturday , October 13 , 2012
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Panel issues permit threat

Imphal, Oct. 12: A committee spearheading the movement for the introduction of the inner line permit, buoyed by support from non-Congress parties in Manipur, is gearing up to implement the system by itself if the government fails to do so.

The joint committee on inner-line system had earlier set a November 18-deadline for introduction of the system by the Centre.

“We had set November 18 as the deadline for implementation of the system. If the Centre fails to do so, the joint committee will implement it,” Sapamcha Jadumani, convener of the joint committee, told The Telegraph today.

Elaborating on the plan, he said the committee would issue permits to migrants to stay in Manipur. Only those, who hold domicile certificates and documents from their respective police stations stating that they were not involved in criminal activities, would get the permits, he said.

He said a fee would be taken for the permits. The committee is also preparing to launch a “non-cooperation movement” after November 18 as part of the campaign.

Jadumani said under the movement people would not visit hotels, shops, salons and other establishments owned and run by migrants. Further, the migrants would not be allowed to hold in any job, he added.

The committee set the deadline after Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde virtually rejected a resolution adopted by the Manipur Assembly to implement the ILP system on July 13.

Shinde had reportedly said the Constitution did not allow such things.

His remark that any sensible person would not adopt such a bill evoked sharp criticism from political parties and citizens’ bodies.

The support offered by political parties during a daylong political conference organised by the joint committee here today boosted the morale of the committee.

Representatives of seven parties — the Trinamul Congress, BJP, Manipur Peoples Party, Naga Peoples Front, Janata Dal (U) and CPI — pledged support to the campaign.

The ruling Congress and the NCP did not turn up at the conference though they were invited.

Jadumani expressed unhappiness at the failure of the ruling party to send representatives to the conference.

“The Centre should respect the sentiments of the people of Manipur and act accordingly. We have the right to protect ourselves from becoming beggars and refugees in our own home state,” R.K. Shivachandra Singh, spokesperson for the Trinamul Congress, the largest Opposition party in the Assembly, said.