M’laya CM meets Shah over ILP issue

M’laya CM meets Shah over ILP issue
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Correspondent Shillong, Jan 30 | Publish Date: 1/30/2020 12:26:08 PM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday met Home Minister Amit Shah and conveyed to him the resolution adopted by the Meghalaya Assembly to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime in the state following the implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

 “He (Shah) was very positive and assured that he will meet the delegation and will be sending an official intimation to us right after the Delhi elections,” Sangma said.

The Meghalaya Assembly had on December 19, 2019 last unanimously passed a resolution urging the Union government to implement Inner Line Permit under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873, in the state.  Sangma said that he also informed the Home Minister that a delegation from Meghalaya would like to meet him and I expressed the requirement and desire to implement Inner Line Permit.

 Days after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the parliament, Chief Minister Sangma had led a delegation of the ruling members of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance to Shah  and demanded the implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the state.

 Several pressures groups, including the powerful Khasi Students’ Union have also demanded the implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the state. The Inner Line Permit regime was extended to Manipur on December 11 with President Ram Nath Kovind signing the order. Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh are already under the Inner Line Permit regime for several decades. 

The  Khasi Students’ Union, which has been demanding for the implementation of Inner Line Permit in the state,  is firm on intensifying its agitation to mount pressure on the government to implement the permit system to prevent suspected illegal Bangladesh immigrants entering the State. “If the Central government can give Inner Line Permit to the state of Manipur, why not us? ” Khasi Students’ Union president, Lambokstarwell Marngar asked. 

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also discussed the overall law and order situation in the State and different economic issues. “We spoke about the various projects that we are taking up in a large scale including the projects for the National Games I mentioned about the Social Justice Ministry’s Project that is pending with the Cabinet and he assured that he will take up the matter with Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) also,” Sangma said.


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