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New Delhi: Over 300 people belonging to various groups from Manipur staged a protest here on Monday, demanding inner line permit system to prevent outsiders from settling in the state.

The protesters, who marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, submitted memorandums addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee at their respective offices.

With slogans favouring inner line permit, the protesters urged the central government to frame a policy incorporating their demands such as entry passes for outsiders and tourists with limited validity.

“The indigenous population of Manipur is in danger because of outsiders. Manipur has a population of 27 lakh and out of them 9 lakh are non-Manipuris. There is no policy to stop people from Myanmar and Bangladesh from settling in Manipur,” Seran Rojesh, former advisor to the Manipur Students Union in Delhi, told IANS.

The inner line permit is a special pass or permit that was required to enter the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

The system was introduced by the British to protect their commercial interests, particularly in oil and tea.

Rojesh said their protest against the state government on the issue had gone unheeded, which compelled them to protest in the national capital and seek help from the central government.

Manishwar Nongmaithem, a Manipuri student leader, told IANS: “This is very much required. To bring things under control it is important to stop giving permanent residential certificates to people who have been staying in Manipur since then.”

Their other demands are that 1951 be set as the base year to detect the non-Manipuris, establishment of a full fledged government department to regulate the entry of non-Manipuris and preventing outside companies and industrialists from acquiring individual or community owned land.

(IANS)

 

 

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UN Agencies and Bangladesh Government Advances to Prevent Further Deforestation

Dillon says disappearing forests are putting great pressure on the animals in the region.

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A deforested section of the Chakmakul camp for Rohingya refugees clings to a hillside in southern Bangladesh, Feb. 13, 2018. VOA

U.N. agencies and the Bangladesh government have begun distributing liquid petroleum gas stoves in Cox’s Bazar to help prevent further deforestation, which has been accelerating with the huge influx of Rohingya refugees during the past year.

Cox’s Bazar is home to large areas of protected forest and an important wildlife habitat. The arrival of more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar has put enormous pressure on these precious resources.

U.N. Migration Agency spokesman, Paul Dillon tells VOA, the refugees have been cutting down the trees and clearing land to build makeshift shelters. He says they and many local villagers also rely almost exclusively on firewood to cook their meals.

“Consequently, the forests in that area are being denuded at the rate of roughly four football fields every single day. We are told by the experts at this rate, by 2019 there will be no further forests in that area,” he said.

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Scientists note deforestation has devastating consequences for the environment leading to soil erosion, fewer crops, increased flooding and, most significantly, the loss of habitat for millions of species.

Dillon says disappearing forests are putting great pressure on the animals in the region.

“It interrupts migration pathways and regrettably forces these, sort of, artificial confrontations between animals in the wild and communities as they move into areas that have been logged out often-times in search of arable farmland and that type of thing,” he said.

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The project aims to distribute liquid petroleum gas stoves and gas cylinders to around 250,000 families over the coming months. U.N. agencies say the stoves will have additional benefits besides helping to prevent deforestation.

For example, they note smoke from firewood burned in homes and shelters without proper ventilation causes many health problems, especially among women and children who spend much of their time indoors. (VOA)

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