Manipur decides to form draft panel for new Bill
An all-party meet chaired by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has decided to constitute a drafting committee to prepare a Bill for the protection of the indigenous people of Manipur, where a 12-hour bandh was called by Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) on Thursday.The decision comes a day after the state Assembly unanimously withdrew the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers (MRVTMW) Bill, 2015.CPI(M) Manipur unit secretary Sarat Salam said the meeting, headed by the Chief Minister, decided to form the drafting committee and aims to come up with the new Bill within a month. Salam said it was decided to appeal to JCILPS to extend cooperation to the initiative by all political parties and state government by suspending the ongoing agitation. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe CPI(M) has demanded that the drafting committee should consult all other stakeholders in drafting the Bill.Another CPI(M) state leader Ksh Santa who attended the all-party meet said his party suggested to form a third group to mediate between the government and agitators to solve the ongoing deadlock and check police excesses during ILP movement.Naga People’s Front (NPF), Manipur People’s Party (MPP) and BJP were absent in the meeting. Recognised state parties – Manipur State Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, besides ruling Congress and the Left attended the meeting.Acting convenor of JCILPS Kh Ratan had earlier said that they had turned down the state government’s invitation to have a talk since JCILPS did not have confidence in the present regime.