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Manipur Legislative Assembly unanimously resolved to withdraw MRVTMW Bill, 2015

Jul 16, 2015 11:00 IST

Manipur Legislative Assembly on 15 July 2015 unanimously resolved to withdraw the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers (MRVTMW) Bill, 2015. The one-day special session of the state legislature was called for the sole purpose of withdrawing the Bill.

It was withdrawn as people were sceptical about the effectiveness of the Bill to protect indigenous communities of the State.

The Bill was passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 16 March 2015 and it was submitted to the Governor on 20 March 2015. Later on 23 June 2015, the Governor referred the Bill to the Ministry of Home Affairs for consideration with the President of India. The Bill was referred to the President on the 8 July 2015.

The MRVTMW Bill was passed to experiment the effectiveness of monitoring non-local people through the directorate of registration. If such a directorate would have been set up, it would have become mandatory for all non-locals who are staying in hotels or private houses as tenants to submit their particulars to the directorate.

This is a very rare case in the history of parliamentary democracy in India, in which the Legislative Assembly of a state held its special session and unanimously resolved to withdraw a Bill, before it received the assent of the Governor or President.

Earlier, there have been instances in which a state government passed and withdrew Bills before they were given assent by the Governor or President. This happened in West Bengal.

Moving the resolution to withdraw the Bill, State Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh announced that a new bill on the Inner Line Permit (ILP) would be introduced in Manipur Assembly within three months. The new Bill will effectively protect indigenous people of Manipur.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also invited the Joint Committee on Inner-Line Permit System (JCILPS) in Manipur for a discussion on people’s demand and at the same time examined that it does not contravene the Constitution.

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