Imphal: The Manipur Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a Private Member`s Bill on the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) and urged the Centre to help the state to implement it, as a `public curfew` was called in support of the regulation by a local committee from Thursday midnight.
The passage of the Bill was preceded by a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh seeking the Centre`s help in implementing the regulation, which would restrict entry of outsiders to the Congress-ruled state.
The Cabinet meeting Thursday night was held hours before the public curfew called by the Joint Action Committee on ILPS, which is steering the agitation.
The decision came after the Cabinet failed to take a stand on the matter twice earlier.
The Cabinet`s decision came on the heels of widespread agitation in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishenpur districts demanding implementation of the ILPS, which is in force in neighbouring Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
In the Assembly, the private member`s resolution was moved by three opposition members belonging to the Trinamool Congress -- Ibohalbi Singh, Th Shyamkumar and Th Biswajit.
It said the Manipur Legislative Assembly passes a resolution to extend and adopt the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 (ILPS) with necessary changes in the point of details to the state of Manipur and to urge the Government of India to comply with the same.
The three members said it was time to implement the ILPS in view of influx of outsiders who outnumbered the tribal population in the state.