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IMPHAL: The brainstorming session of the first North East Indigenous People's Parliament (NIPP) 2015 held in Imphal has recommended for redressing a number of issues affecting the region, including influx of migrants from neighbouring countries.
Organized jointly by Coalition for Indigenous' Rights Campaign (CIRCA), Manipur, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM) and Assam Meitei Apunba Lup (AMAL), the three-day parliament ended on Saturday at Khuman Lampak sports complex. The recommendations would be reaffirmed by another parliament to be held after three months and the same would be converted into resolutions, said Ninthouja Lancha, coordinator of the parliament, at a media conference here on Sunday. Joined by representatives of over 30 indigenous tribes of the northeast, the parliament discussed six key agendas.
The indigenous people of the region should also seek necessary constitutional and legal measures to check and control migration into the northeast, specially illegal immigrants from the neighbouring countries.
In order to control influx into the north-east, the provisions of the chapter on citizenship incorporated in Articles 5 to 11 of the Indian Constitution be suitably amended with corresponding amendments of the Citizenship Act 1956, it was recommended.
On Human Rights and Human Security agenda , the session recommended to implement the 2nd administrative reform commission in its 5th report on public order and that the Justice Reddy Committee (2004) with respect to Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958 be implemented by the centre.
Coming to Economy and Development- Land and Natural Resources and Water and Big Dams, the session pushed for urging the centre to seriously look into the existing policies and institutional mechanism concerning the rights of tribal and indigenous people of the northeast.
It also recommended urging the centre to safeguard the existing land ownership and other resources. Coming to Fundamental Rights- Culture , Education and Language, the parliament recommended that educational institutions in all tribal and indigenous territories be rehabilitated, upgraded and modernized.
Quality school education be given the choice of education in their own tongue at affordable cost and special category tribal status and support be sought for tribes declared extinct and near extinct , recommended the session.
Dwelling on Fundamental Rights- Political and Economy, the session pushed for constituting a second house in the state legislative assemblies in the northeast with indigenous communities as constituencies.