NRC Manipur

Imphal, March 22: Seven major state student organizations have asked Union Home minister Amit Shah to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Manipur with 1951 as the base year.

They also called on Home minister Amit Shah to advise the state government to constitute Manipur State Population Commission on the lines of the National Population Commission at the earliest.

In June last year, the state cabinet resolved to adopt 1961 as a base year for determining the “native” status for implementation of the inner line permit system (ILPS) in Manipur.
In a memorandum submitted to the Union home minister on Monday, the student groups said the decadal population growth in Manipur from 1941 to 1951 was only 12.08%.

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Nevertheless, cancellation of the immigration regulation resulted in a sharp rise in the growth rate, said the student bodies comprising the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) and another one.

The rise of the population cannot be defined by natural birth, but by migration from neighbouring countries and states, the memo explained.

A recent research report indicated that there has been a burst in the number of new villages in Manipur with many seeking recognition from the government. It said in addition to the existing 2,803 villages, another 996 villages are seeking fresh recognition.