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45 foundation day of Manipur Press Club ; CM bats for protecting indigenous folks
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, January 07 2020: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has asserted that the Government is committed to protecting the indigenous population of the State.

He made the statement during the 45th foundation day of Manipur Press Club which was organised at its complex at Majorkhul, yesterday.

Speaking as the chief guest, the Chief Minister stated that there is a provision in the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) that gives the State Government an inherent power to relax any of the guidelines at its discretion.

He mentioned that the power to rectify or revise any doubt or issues not addressed in the guidelines, will be vested with the Home Department whose decision shall be final.

Clarifying the apprehensions of the people, the CM mentioned that registration counters for providing ILP to non-locals have been opened at various areas and police stations and assured that various camps will be organised in hill districts of the State soon.



45 foundation day of Manipur Press Club ; CM bats for protecting indigenous folks
45 foundation day of Manipur Press Club ; CM bats for protecting indigenous folks


Computerized registration system for ILPS would be introduced soon to overcome any hassle, he informed, adding that the Government welcomes any positive suggestion and advice from the people for proper implementation of ILPS.

He then appealed to the CSOs not to 'disturb' the implementation process of ILPS.

Rather, they should inform the Government authorities or law enforcing agencies like police for smooth implementation of the system, he explained, urging the people to extend their support and cooperation for smooth implementation of the system.

Highlighting the genealogy of the Inner Line Permit System in the North Eastern States, Biren said that unlike previous Governments, the present Central Government has transformed the dreams into reality for the people of Manipur by extending ILPS in the State.

Addressing various issues faced by the media fraternity, the Chief Minister mentioned that journalists, newspaper hawkers are covered under CHMT scheme and the State Cabinet has also approved to increase the pension amount from Rs 4000 to Rs 8000 per month for the retired journalists of the State.

On the other hand, Minister for Information & Public Relations, Th Biswajit said that media must play a constructive role towards bringing development in the region.

Media, the fourth pillar of democracy, has the responsibility to act as a watchdog to protect public interests against injustice, unfairness and corruption in our society, he added.

Speaking about fake news in the age of new media, the Minister mentioned that journalists and media houses must uphold their accountability and credibility.

During the occasion, the Chief Minister launched the official website of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) www.amwju.org and also released a souvenir.

Former secretaries of Manipur Press Club were also felicitated on the occasion.

Member of Parliament Dr RK Ranjan, Director IPR H Balkrisna, president of Editors Guild Khogendra Khomdram, president of AMWJU Bijoy Kakchingtabam, members of Manipur Press Club and others also attended the function.


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