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Manipur CM says Centre will help protect indigenous people from CAB

Manipur CM says Centre will help protect indigenous people from CAB
December 07
11:07 2019

NET Bureau

Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh said that the Centre would bring out a mechanism to protect the “indigenous people” of the State from Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, and it would be announced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a “proper forum at a suitable time”.

Singh said this while briefing media persons on his arrival from New Delhi at Bir Tikendrajit Airport in Imphal on Friday.

Stating that people should not be apprehensive about CAB now, the Manipur Chief Minister said that the Centre is considering different options for the protection of indigenous people of the State. He also said that the Centre may either bring back the “permit system”, which was abolished by the then Chief Commissioner of Manipur, Himmat Singh in 1950 or extend the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 currently enforced in some States to Manipur or may enforce another mechanism.

Singh then said that Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) leaders and representatives from some prominent political parties along with State Government representatives met the Union Home Minister on December 3 midnight. “During the meeting, Shri Amit Shah once again assured the State delegates that a mechanism would be brought into effect while passing CAB in order to uphold the interest of the people of the North East region,” Biren Singh added.

The CM said that the State Government “has been conveying” the people that only Narendra Modi Government would take care of the North East. He expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah for “showing their concern” for the region.

Responding to a query regarding his meeting with the Defence Minister on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that Rajnath Singh was the Union Home Minister when CAB was tabled in Lok Sabha last time. “At that time as well”, the Chief Minister said, “Shri Rajnath Singh assured me that the Bill would not be passed until a protection clause for NE people was inserted”. As such, he called on the Union Defence Minister to express his thankfulness for his concerns for the NE people.

The Chief Minister arrived from New Delhi in an Air Asia flight at around 1.30 pm from New Delhi.

Source: The Morung Express

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