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CoMSO announces 2nd phase agitation for ILP in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, Feb 8 | Publish Date: 2/8/2020 12:35:08 PM IST

17 pressure groups under banner of Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO), on Saturday announced its second phase of agitation to mount pressure on the central government to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime in Meghalaya.

 The confederation ended its five-day sit-in demonstration at State Central Library premises, a few metres away from the main secretariat building,  demanding for the immediate implementation of ILP on Saturday.

“We have decided to launch a ‘direct action’ programme from February 12 by asking our volunteers to go to the streets and implement our own ILP,” CoMSO chairperson, Robertjune Kharjahrin told reporters.

“We will make sure that those who cannot prove their citizenship or those working without labour licence will be detained,” Kharjahrin said.

Exhorting village headmen traditional not to allow outsiders to stay in areas under their respective jurisdiction, the CoMSO leader also urged contractors to employ indigenous labourers of the state to carry out construction works.

Kharjahrin said that the 60 members of the Meghalaya Assembly should take moral responsibility if ILP is not implemented in state.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had last week met Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed on the Meghalaya Assembly resolution to implement ILP in the state. Shah had requested Sangma to meet again after the Delhi Assembly elections to further discuss on the matter.

 Meanwhile, the CoMSO on Friday, submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, on the issue of influx of immigrants into Meghalaya.

 In the memorandum, they alleged that the central government has violated the doctrine of the federal structure of the Constitution, as till date, it has not given approval to the implementation of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 popularly known as ILP, even though the Meghalaya Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution to this effect.

The CoMSO also accused Governor Tathagata Roy  of violating the Constitution of India as he has refused to concur with the advise of the Council of Ministers since till date he has not given his assent to the MRSSA (Amendment) Ordinance 2019.     

The Confederation also demanded strengthening of the Directorate of Infiltration by creating its own Battalion and that a separate cell of the infiltration branch must be created in each and every police station of the state besides implementing the mandate of the District Task Force in each of the 11 districts and to give necessary order to all the labour inspectors posted in various districts in the state to conduct regular checking.


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