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IMPHAL | Jan 10
The state cabinet today reviewed the present situation arising after the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha. The cabinet chaired by chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has decided to urge the union government and concerned authority to give assent to the Manipur Peoples’ (Protection) Bill, 2018.
The cabinet further decided to urge the Centre for exemption of Manipur from the jurisdiction of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The state cabinet observed that the population of the state is only about 0.2 percent of that of the whole India. Manipur has a large number of ethnic groups, each with unique dialects, customary laws and practices. Adequate constitutional protection is considered necessary to protect these small indigenous populations.
Accordingly, the Manipur People’s (Protection) Bill, 2018 was passed by the State Legislative Assembly to protect the interest of indigenous population of the State. The passage of the Bill had restored the confidence of the people of the State. The bill has since been moved to the President of India for getting his assent.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) had been passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8. There is apprehension in the minds of the people of the state that the proposed CAB will not be in the interest of the indigenous people of the State.
There is apprehension also that once the CAB is implemented in the state, the state could be flooded with a large number of illegal immigrants and foreigners from neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar and so on, as international borders are porous.
Taking into account of all these factors, the cabinet has recommended to the union government to give asset to Manipur Peoples’ (Protection) Bill, 2018 and also to exclude the state of Manipur from the jurisdiction of Citizenship Amendment Bill.