Imphal: The Manipur cabinet has decided to close down all educational institutions in the state for three days from today, May 31, due to protests demanding the conversion of the three Inner Line Permit System Bills into Acts. Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj M. Okendro made the announcement following a cabinet meeting.
Okendro, who was addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting at chief minister’s secretariat, said the decision was necessitated to contain the relentless movement by the protestors, mostly student and women wings of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS).
The three bills were passed on August 31 last year, after two months of intense agitation by JCILPS volunteers to check the rise in the number of undocumented migrants from Myanmar and Nepal, and to preserve the indigenous population of the state.
However, the three bills were vehemently opposed by sections of tribal people in the state, particularly those residing in the southern Churachandpur district.
Okendro also informed that a delegation of all political parties headed by Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh will head for New Delhi on June 3 to discuss the matter with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Notably, the Imphal municipal corporation election is slated for June 2.