CoMSO to mount pressure on M’laya govt to implement ILP

Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 31 | Publish Date: 1/31/2020 12:35:12 PM IST

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) on Friday decided to take to the streets again to mount pressure on the central government to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state following the implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

The Confederation decision came a day after Chief Minister Conrad Sangma met Home Minister Amit Shah and conveyed him regarding the resolution adopted by the Meghalaya Assembly to implement ILP in the state following

 “We are sad that the Union Home Minister (Amit Shah) did not give any assurance on implementing ILP in the state. The people of the state only heard from the Chief Minister that the meeting was “positive”,” CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin said. “But we don’t know if he has agreed or not (to implement ILP in Meghalaya),” he added.

 The Meghalaya Assembly had on December 19, 2019 unanimously passed a resolution urging the Union government to implement ILP under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873, in the state.

 During his meeting with Shah in the national capital on Thursday, Sangma informed the Home Minister that a delegation from Meghalaya would like to meet him and expressed the requirement and desire to implement ILP.

 The ILP regime was extended to Manipur on December 11 with President Ram Nath Kovind signing the order. Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have already been under the ILP regime for several decades.

 Kharjahrin also announced the first phase of agitation, the CoMSO will organise an evening sit-in demonstration from February 4 to 8 to mount pressure on the government to implement ILP in the state.

He said the sit-in demonstration will be held  from 2 pm to 5 pm.

 Meanwhile, the CoMSO said that the legislators of the state should not just sit back and say that they have passed the resolution in the House and their job is done.

 “We appeal to all the 60 legislators to be “aggressive” in demanding implementation of ILP in Meghalaya. If need be, all the sixty MLAs should go to New Delhi and knock the door of the centre,” Kharjahrin said.

 Meanwhile, the CoMSO has appealed to the people of the state to join them in their agitations.

“We are only the organisers. The demand for implementing ILP in our state should be a people’s movement,” Kharjahrin said.


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