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Migrants outnumber tribals in Manipur :Report
Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, Aug 28 – Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on Friday said the government will urge the Centre to re-introduce the Inner Line Permit(ILP) system or Inner Line (IL) Regulation in the State once the Cabinet takes a decision in this regard.

 “Let the Cabinet first take a decision so that the government can urge the Centre”, said Ibobi while clarifying on a private members’ resolution by N Mangi on the re-introduction of ILP system in the State.

Ibobi also expressed the need to take certain precautionary measures to monitor influx in the State, particularly in the border town of Moreh. Opposition leader Radhabinod Koijam said there will be a demographic and social change if the government fails to regulate the influx in the State.

“Every village in my constituency has a Myanmarese. They settle here after their marriege with the local girls”, Opposition MLA Morung Makunga, who wished to have a regulatory system in the State to monitor entry of migrants, said.

Morung who represents Tengnoupal constituency in Manipur’s Chandel district bordering Myanmar, claimed that the total number of voters in his constituency has been surprisingly risen from 21,000 to 40,000.

According to a report compiled by United Committee Manipur ‘Influx of Migrants into Manipur’, the number of migrants (7,04,488) outnumbered the State’s indigenous tribal population (6,70,782) while the majority indigenous Meetei was just 9,18,626 (2001 census).

Another opposition MLA RK Anand said the situation took a grim turn when the ILP system was removed from the State in November 1950. Since then, the number of migrants has increased at a rapid rate. Presently ILP Regulation was in force in three NE States – Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Blockade: Suspected blockade and bandh supporters set on fire one goods laden vehicle and one school building in two separate incidents late Friday night.

Police said a junior high school at Kangchup Chiru area under Saparmeina police station was burnt down around 9.30 pm while a rice carrying truck was set on fire near Senapati district headquarter around 11.30pm.

Meanwhile, the Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has appealed to both the agitating groups to call off the blockades saying the government will take a decision on the district issue once the State Chief Secretary led Committee on Re-oganisation of Administration and Police District Boundary which was formed after a Cabinet decision on Tuesday, submits a report within three months.

Senior opposition member O Joy of Manipur People’s Party had moved a private member’s resolution for the constitution of a District Re-organisation Commission of Manipur for effective and efficient administration of the State on Friday.

Demanding a separate Sadar Hills district, Sadar Hills District Demand Committee had been imposing economic blockade on the two National Highways-39 and 53, since July 31 while UNC has imposed indefinite bandh on these highways and NH 150 since August 21 to protest the alleged move to bifurcate “Naga areas” in creating the district.

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