Manipur Assembly adopts resolutions to establish population commission, implement NRC

The Manipur Assembly unanimously adopted two resolutions by private sector members to establish the State Population Commission and implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The two resolutions were introduced by the legislator from Dinar(U)Kh Guikechan on Friday, the last day of the state assembly budget session.

He claimed that the hill areas of the state experienced population growth of 153.3 percent between 1971 and 2001, rising to 250.9 percent during 2001-2011.

Valley areas also recorded population growth of 94.8 percent from 1971 to 2001 and about 125 percent from 2001 to 2011, Juikichan said.

The JD(U) MLA has raised concerns about the alleged infiltration of foreigners into Manipur.

He claimed that there were restrictions on the inhabitants of valley areas to settle in the hills, and the massive population growth, particularly in the hills, could be attributed to the alleged influx of people from abroad.

Manipur shares an international border with Myanmar.

Prime Minister N Beren Singh participated in the discussion of the decisions and said that such proposals to establish a Population Committee and implement the NRC in the state would serve the collective interests of all members of Parliament.
Meanwhile, several civic bodies have called for a review of the NRC with a fixed base year for identifying illegal immigrants in the northeastern state.

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