CoMSO submits memo to M’laya gov

CoMSO submits memo to M’laya gov
File photo of protest by CoMSO
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 4 | Publish Date: 12/4/2020 12:19:34 PM IST

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) on Friday submitted a memorandum to Governor Satya Pal Malik demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (Amendment) Bill 2020.

In its memorandum, CoMSO stated that the indigenous people of the State are a minority in the context of the national population and thus it needs special protection just like the indigenous people of Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

“The four North Eastern states have put in place laws and mechanisms to contain unregulated entry of people into their States by implementing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) System, which is an offshoot of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873,” CoMSO said.  

Furthermore, CoMSO also drew the attention of the Governor to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly unanimously adopting a resolution in  2019 urging the government of India to implement ILP in the State under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873.

“However, our State, which has been demanding ILP for a very long time, has been denied this law and mechanism by the Central Government,” the memorandum added.

Moreover, CoMSO also said that the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in March this year adopted the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and forwarded the same to the office of the Governor seeking assent to the Bill.

“The objective of the Bill is to ensure enhanced security, vetting of tenants and ensure the safety and security of citizens of the State by preventing anti-social elements from gaining shelter in the State which might be detrimental to peace and tranquility to maintain public order and peace,” the memorandum said.

CoMSO  said that this Bill “is lying with your office for your kind consideration.”  CoMSO said the Bill will go a long way towards the protection of the indigenous people of the State.

Emerging out from Raj Bhavan, CoMSO, chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin told reporters that the Governor has assured the CoMSO delegation that he is ready to take up the issue with the Central government for implementation of ILP in the State. 

“The Governor told us that ILP is a subject matter of the Central Government and the President and so he can’t comment much on it, however he respects the decision of the Legislative Assembly and is willing to accompany the CM to Delhi if invited to pursue the matter,” Kharjahrin told reporters after submitting the memorandum to the Governor. 

The CoMSO chairman said that the Governor have also assured the delegation that he will talk with the Union Home Ministry to give a green signal so that he gives assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020.   Recently, CoMSO has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah seeking their intervention in the implementation of the British-era ILP in Meghalaya.


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