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Published on Sat, 07 Dec, 2019 Both

Imphal, December 6, 2019 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has 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 Shri Shah in a proper forum at a suitable time. He was briefing media persons on his arrival from New Delhi at Bir Tikendrajit Airport today.

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

He said that 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.

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

Responding to a query regarding his meeting with the Defence Minister yesterday, the Chief Minister said that Shri 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 him 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.