State has no say regarding AFSPA, it is under the purview of union govt, says CM Biren

By FrontierManipur | Published On 17th Feb, 2021, 10:07 GMT+0530

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Chief Minister N Biren Singh

On the 10th day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, CM Biren Singh also reiterated the government’s stand on the border issue stating that the state government is fully committed to safeguard its boundaries at any cost.

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Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday said that the state could not revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 as it is implemented by the Union government. He said that although the insurgency related incidents have declined considerably, the state has no say regarding the matter as it is under the purview of the Union government. 

CM Biren was replying to a query raised by opposition MLA Surjakumar Okram in the morning session on the 10th day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly. He assured that the matter will be apprised to the Union government after ascertaining the ground reality as the state has sensitive borders, according to a release

CM Biren Singh also reiterated the government’s stand on the border issue stating that the state government is fully committed to safeguard its boundaries at any cost. He was replying to a query raised by opposition MLA K Ranjit Singh regarding media reports on land encroachment and border disputes at Dzuko Valley and Tungjoy.

Leader of the House, CM Biren Singh said that construction of a security barrack has been completed recently and another one will be completed soon. Road to Dzuko valley via Mount Iso is being constructed, he added. 

Regarding Tungjoy, CM Biren said that there was a small dispute which has been resolved. He informed the House that a deputy commandant, 2 Jamadar, 22 MR, 1 Inspector, 10 Police personnel along with 16 unarmed personnel are at present deployed at the area keeping strict vigil at the border. He said that on December 30, 2020, one ADGP ranked officer along with high ranking officers met local leaders in the area. Some groups at Tungjoy who were trying to construct a structure left the area following the meeting, he informed. 

Terming the matter as a sensitive issue, he said that it is a traditional boundary which has been there since ages and informed the House that he highlighted the border issue between the neighbouring states to the Union Home Minister during the recently concluded North Eastern Council meeting held in Shillong. He said that the Union Home Minister was of the view that the various boundary disputes in the entire Northeast should be solved amicably between the states and in case the NE states are unable to reach an amicable solution then only the Union government will intervene in the matter, the release added. 

Regarding the border disputes of the state, CM Biren said that a joint meeting will be called between the locals to discuss the matter. In case there is no amicable solution then the matter will be apprised to the Union government. MLA Ranjit further requested the leader of the House to apprise the Union government to intervene regarding the issue.

Regarding another query raised by MLA Ranjit Singh, CM Biren informed the House that it has been a year since the extension of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 in the state after the President of India gave his assent on December 11, 2019. He said at present there is prohibition of the land registration as the guidelines under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 is being framed and at the same time recommendations are being awaited from the House Committee on ILPS.

CM Biren Singh said that framing of the guidelines is necessary to safeguard the land for the generations as the area of the indigenous land is shrinking. He assured that rare and genuine cases will be considered after forming sub-committees at the cabinet level to solve the registration issue. He assured the House that framing of the guidelines will be completed soon. 

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