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Speaker summons sitting of Manipur Assembly today

 IMPHAL, Jan 5 - The Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly has summoned a sitting of the eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly on Monday.

 The sitting was summoned at 11 am in the Assembly hall of Manipur Legislative Assembly for ratification of the Constitution (one hundred and twenty-sixth amendment) Bill 2019, according to official sources.

Secretary of Manipur Legislative Assembly M Ramani Devi issued a notification in this regard on Saturday.

The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 9, 2019. The Bill amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the sources said.

The Constitution provides for reservation of seats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination, in the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of the States. This has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution and will expire on January 25, 2020.

The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.

It may be worth mentioning here that the ninth session of the eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die with the passage of the Manipur Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 on December 20 last year. The three-day Assembly session had featured one obituary reference, 18 starred questions, nine unstarred questions, four call attention motions, laying of two papers and a public interest discussion.

Meanwhile, alleging that the definition of indigenous people and permanent residents were not properly specified in the guidelines of the recently enforced Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the State, the Congress legislature party leader Okram Ibobi Singh has sought a discussion on this issue during tomorrow’s Assembly session.

With enforcement of the ILP system in Manipur, the State authorities have started issuing ILPs to visitors entering the State from January 1.

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