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Demand for implementation of ILP resurfaces in Meghalaya

Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 2 | Publish Date: 6/2/2020 1:29:36 PM IST

 A group of people under the banner of “Ka Sur u Paidbah ka Bri u Hynniewtrep” (Voice of the People) has raised  the issue of implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “We will mount pressure on the State government to implement ILP. Inner Line Permit will remove fear of indigenous people of being outnumbered by outsiders,” former Assembly Deputy Speaker Hispreaching Son Shylla, who is now the chairman of SUPH, said.

Shylla’s demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit came after several pressure groups had verbally opposed the State government’s decision to grant special permission to highly skilled migrant labourers and technicians to work in the state in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We insist that the government should first implement Inner Line Permit and then consider bringing labourers from outside the state failing which we will be made to understand that this government is for the migrant labourers,” the SUPH chairman said.

The Inner Line Permit, which is in enforce in Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh as well as in Manipur, derives from the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873, and entails issuance of official travel documents issued by the Central government to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period.

Questioning the Conrad Sangma-led government’s decision to allow highly skilled migrant labourers at a time when the government is struggling to house the returnees, Shylla asked, “How will it bring the migrants? There is no place to keep them and they cannot be allowed to work the moment they enter the state.”

Earlier this year, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured a delegation led by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma that the central government is examining the resolution passed by the Meghalaya Assembly for the implementation of ILP in the State following passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which is now a law. 

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