Manipur CM: 259 Myanmar immigrants deported illegally

Manipur Chief minister N Biren Singh told house security measures have been taken up there to ensure that the immigrants are not mixed with the local people

| Updated: 05 March, 2024 12:49 pm IST
Manipur Chief minister N Biren Singh in Vidhan Sabha

IMPHAL: Chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday informed the assembly that out of the total 6746 illegal Myanmar immigrants detected in Manipur since the ongoing ethnic conflict unfolded in the state on May 3, 2023, till February 27,  259 were pushed back to their country after recording their biometrics details.

Answering posers raised during question hour on the fourth day of the 5th session of the 12th state assembly, Biren said the rest are kept at temporary shelter homes. Security measures have been taken up there to ensure that the immigrants are not mixed with the local people, added the house leader.

On other queries, the CM responded that 213 persons died owing to the ongoing violence, and out of them, 198 were identified as civilians, including 20 women and 8 children.

Ex-gratia amount has been given to the next of kin of  114 deceased and the remaining are in the process, and will be distributed after verification, he said, adding that weapons used by the militants are trying to be identified by the government.

On the challenges faced by the internally displaced persons (IDPs) owing to the ongoing conflict, Biren told the house that there are 320 relief camps set up for them. By May 2024, the IDPs who are put up in community halls would be shifted to other proper places or the halls would be converted into proper staying places by giving partitions to maintain their privacy.

Due to security reasons, it may take some time for the IDPs to get back to their respective places, but many have returned to their places to resume their lives, added Biren, who also holds the home portfolio.

Health cards such as CMHT and PMJAY were given to the IDPs and many of them have benefited from these schemes, the CM said, adding that the state government is also working to give provisions for the various illnesses which these health cards couldn’t provide.  

During the short discussion raised by legislators Th  Lokeshwar Singh and Keisham  Meghachandra of the opposition Congress, Biren stated that for the children who are affected by this crisis, the government schools have been provided with free school dresses and textbooks, and school fees have also been exempted.

Under the labour department, Rs 5000 each was also provided as assistance to every household affected by the violence to assist their livings for the time being, he said.

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