CoMSO to agitate on Meghalaya Statehood day over ILP

Correspondent Shillong, Jan 11 | Publish Date: 1/11/2021 12:09:34 PM IST

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (COMSO) on Monday announced that it would register its protest on January 21, as a mark of protest against the failure of the Central government to implement the Inner Line Permit to curb the illegal immigrant problem in the State.

Incidentally, Meghalaya Day is celebrated on January 21. “We will be registering our protest on January 21, but this is not against the Meghalaya Day celebrations. But we will be protesting because till date there is no proper mechanism to check and prevent influx in the State,” CoMSO Chairman Robertjune Kharjahrin said.

He further appealed to all the legislators, MPs and members of the three autonomous district Council in Khasi, Jaiñtia and Garo to take part in the agitation to mount pressure on the central government to implement the ILP in the State.

ILP under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, is an official travel document issued by the Central Government to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens from other states to obtain permit for entering into the restricted areas.

It is executed in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur.

Kharjahrin said that his organisation has also decided to meet various stakeholders including leaders of traditional institution, general public for consultation, to seek support on the issue and mobilise for the agitational programme.

The CoMSO chairman said that the organisation would also be protesting to put pressure on the Governor Satya Pal Malik so that he puts his assent on the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Amendment Bill. The Bill has been prepared to ensure safety and security of citizens by preventing anti-social elements from gaining shelter in the State.

On the long-pending of relocation of Harijan residents from Sweeper’s lane in the State Capital, the COMSO leaders said the report of the sub-committee of the High Level Committee should be made public. The committee was formed by the State Government to find ways to relocate the residents of the area from their current location.

“As it is a public issue, this should not be look from the communal perspective, but from a development point of view.  The location is viable for purposes such as setting up of cold storage, parking lot etc.,” Kharjahrin added.

He said those residents working in government departments, residential quarters can be provided and for the rest eviction and relocation should go ahead.

The CoMSO leader said the issue of eviction and relocation should be completed within this year.


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