GJM delegation for Gorkhas in Manipur met Ministry of Home Affairs

A 5 member GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) delegation led by Shri Bimal Gurung, Shri Benoy Tamang, Shri Rooshan Giri, Shri PT Ola and Shri Vikram Rai met Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS for Ministry of Home Affairs at North Block, New Delhi and discussed the plight of Gorkha people who have been living in Manipur for generations and the recently passed bill of The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015.

GJM delegation for Gorkhas in Manipur met Ministry of Home Affairs
GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha )delegation  met Ministry of Home Affairs

The GJM delegation informed the Hon’ble Minister the current imbroglio surrounding Inner Line Permit in Manipur has once again left the Gorkhas in the state vulnerable to racism, with various groups calling for the Gorkhas to leave the state, after labeling them as “foreigners” and “outsiders.”

The delegation requested the Hon’ble Minister for his intervention as the current Bill approving setting the year 1951 as cut off year for Indian citizens living in Manipur to be counted as “Manipuri people” is too arbitrary and will lead to levelling of one section or the other of the people as “outsiders,” and that should not be permissible.

The GJM demanded that the cut-off date to determine citizenship/Manipur origination should be on the day any such law is implemented. The spirit of the Constitution of India should be upheld, which makes adequately clear who are and who are not the citizens of India from Manipur, and those who are citizens of Manipur on the day any rules relating to ILP is imposed should be the day that any such cut off should be considered.

The Hon’ble Minister has assured the GJM delegation that the Central Government will give safety and protection to all minority communities including Gorkhas in Manipur.

The GJM delegation also reminded the Hon’ble Minister about the damages incurred in the recent landslides in Mirik and Kalimpong where the Hon’ble Prime Minister had sent Shri Kirren Rijju to visit landslide affected areas.

Shri Kirren Rijjiu informed the GJM delegation that an interministerial team from the Government of India will visit the landslide areas soon.

The delegation also briefed the Hon’ble Minister about the contentious issues of GTA and a Tripartite meeting regarding will be held on 15th September at New Delhi.

Shri Bimal Gurung and other senior GJM leaders will visit Dibrugah on 5th September to attend a program organised by AGSU.

He has also invited Shri Kiren Rijiju to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in the coming month.

Source -Bimal Gurung Official

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