Imphal: The Manipur Cabinet on Monday decided to convene a special session of the state Assembly on Wednesday to discuss the withdrawal of the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers (MRVTMW) Bill, 2015.
Government spokesman M Okendro Singh told a news agency that an emergency Cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi this morning in which was decided to convene a special session of the Assembly on July 15 to discuss the withdrawal of the Bill.
The Chief Minister had yesterday, after a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting, told reporters that the state government had decided to withdraw the Bill.
The controversial Bill meant for the protection of the interests of indigenous people had sparked off unrest with imposition of indefinite curfew in the state capital Imphal on July 8 after the death of a student in a clash between police and protesters.
The Bill had come under attack from those who demanded implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, saying it did little to protect the interests of indigenous people of the state.
The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), spearheading the protest against the Bill, has been insisting on the passing of a new one to "safeguard the interests of indigenous people and fulfil their aspirations".
Clashes had also erupted between agitators and police in Greater Imphal area yesterday with supporters of the introduction of ILP coming out in the streets in large numbers to defy the curfew.
The indefinite curfew, which was clamped on July 8, was relaxed for nine hours today beginning at 5 am, according to orders by the district magistrates of Imphal East and West.