The discourse was organized by the Ethno Heritage Council, a civil society organization of Manipur, at the state guesthouse in Imphal on Sunday
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) must be updated in Manipur to save the indigenous people of the northeast Indian state, civil society organizations have said.
A day-long discourse on “The National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation in Manipur: Problems and Prospects” also urged the state government to constitute a “Manipur State Population Commission” to plan and formulate policies for checking immigration.
The discourse was organized by the Ethno Heritage Council, a civil society organization of Manipur, at the state guesthouse in Imphal on Sunday.
“Illegal immigration is one of the most important issues in Manipur,” the president of the Heritage Council, L Ratankumar, said.
“Illegal immigrants have started controlling the administration and economy as elected members. They have established villages and are enjoying all privileges that are meant for the original settlers of the land.
“We now have to identify the illegal immigrants and their numbers. It is the moment to curb influx.”
Ratankumar said that instead of protecting India’s outlying states from immigration, the central government in Delhi introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha in July 2016.
“This made Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled from religious persecution in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship in India,” he said.
Ratankumar said a public discussion held on June 8 had opposed the bill and urged the authorities to constitute the “Manipur State Population Commission” to check illegal immigrants from settling in Manipur.