Cease work stir over ILP issue cripples life in Manipur

Imphal: A 13 hour cease work strike called by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) crippled normal life in Manipur.
The protest was called after the President withheld the ‘Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill’ which was passed by State Assembly on Aug 31 last year to protect indigenous people. The strike began at 0500 hours and will conclude at 1800 hours.
Streets were empty and all the shops and educational institutes were closed down.  JCILPS convener BK Moirangcha said, it is the duty of the government and the Constitution to protect the indigenous people of Manipur, who are threatened by immigrants.
An all party delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi is camping in Delhi to convince central leaders of the need of enacting laws to protect indigenous people. They have so far met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, MOS Home Rijiju.
A meeting of all the experts will be called by the Union Home Minister shortly and the Chief Minister will be communicated at the earliest. (UNI)
The delegation has appealed for peace and informed that the Bill withheld by the President will be re-examined by legal and constitutional experts for a new legislation to protect and preserve the indigenous people of Manipur looking into all aspects of people of the state. (UNI)

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