Manipur State Cabinet on Thursday, chaired by Chief Minister N Biren approved the establishment of the Manipur State Population Commission as an ordinance and agreed that families with more than four children will not get govt benefits.
IPR Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan informed that under the Manipur State Population Commission, if any father fathers more than four children from now on, no government benefits will be provided to any member of the family.
Dr. Ranjan further informed that the Manipur Legislative Assembly had earlier unanimously adopted a private member resolution to establish the population commission of the state and also to stop giving govt schemes benefits to families with more than four children in Manipur.
MLA Kh Joykisan had moved the issue on the assembly floor concerned over the alleged infiltration of outsiders into the state, claiming that there was a population growth of 153.3 percent in the hill districts of Manipur from 1971 to 2001, Ranjan said. From 2001 to 2011, the population growth increased to 250.0 percent.
Dr. Ranjan informed the media that during the cabinet meeting which started at around 10 am and concluded at around 2 pm, around 50 agendas were tabled.
Ranjan further said the Cabinet meeting also approved various agendas tabled by different departments, including strengthening the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) and recruitment of various posts in home and health departments.
He said among the agendas, the state cabinet gave the approval to strengthen the inner line permit system wherein it will be mandatory for non-locals to show their Aadhar cards and the mobile numbers linked with the Aadhaar card.
Moreover, apart from the deputy labor commissioners, concerned DCs of the district have also been given the authority for issuing ILP cards, the minister said.
The state cabinet has also approved necessary legal action against contractors who bought labors without a valid ILP card, the IPR minister said, adding that computerized systems to provide ILP in order to check the status of the permit will function soon.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren posted on his Facebook page about the threats of illegal immigrants. “Found insincerities amongst the communities living in Manipur by sheltering and giving fake Aadhar Cards to illegal immigrants. This is the biggest threat to our State.
Today, at Kakching PS jurisdiction, 14 persons suspected to be Bangladeshi Muslims without valid ILP were detected and have been booked. Similarly, 10 violaters were also detected by Pallel PS and a separate FIR was registered against them.
Another 24 persons suspected to be Bangladeshi Muslims/Rohingya Myanmaris were also picked up from Imphal East. They all will be produced before the court tomorrow.
All officials who are involved in issuing such ILP cards will be severely dealt with.
We have started a Statewide Drive to root out this menace and will continue till we achieve our goal. I humbly request my beloved Citizens of the State to cooperate in this fight against illegal immigrants.”
The cabinet also approved to form a committee that will be led by the commissioner of the state excise department and in the committee, the director of the state health department; director of social welfare; Head of the Department of Psychiatry, RIMS, Dr. Lenin, and others will be the members in order to form a new Manipur Excise Rule, he added.
Regarding the demarcation of the Loktak boundary, the cabinet meeting has approved to form a high-power committee led by CAF and PD minister, L Susindro and water resource minister, Awangbow Newmai; fishery minister, H Dingo; both DCs of Bishnupur and Imphal West; SP, Bishnupur; LDA director will be the members of the committee.
The committee will monitor illegal encroachers at Loktak lake and the committee will also handle the eviction process for illegal encroachers, he added.
The state cabinet also approved for recruitment of 1,512 posts for the state home department: 405 for head constable (telecom); 808 male civil constables and 305 for male followers. It was also approved for the recruitment of 200 doctors and 300 nurses where priority will be given to those who worked as COVID frontline warriors and 1,000 posts for primary teachers, he added.
Dr. Ranjan further said there will be age relaxation for three years in the recruitments after considering the two years lost due to the pandemic. It was also approved for filling the vacant post of the newly established Churachandpur Medical College.