By Our Correspondent, TNT News | SHILLONG, Jan 10, 2018:
The decision of the government to resume work of the Tetelia-Byrnihat railway project has stirred anger and disappointment amongst the social organisations in the state which were of the view that the arrival of railways in the state is a signal of danger to the indigenous communities.
The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), who are all up in arms against the government’s decision to resume work of the railway project in the state without a proper mechanisms to check influx, expressed concerns over the ‘indifference’ attitude of the government towards the plight of the indigenous communities.
With the NRC process creating insecurity amongst residents of Assam, HYC General secretary Robert June Kharjahrin on Wednesday said Meghalaya is a safe haven for the suspected illegal immigrants from Assam.
“We demand the state government to stop the railway project if no mechanisms to check influx are in place. Railway is the cheapest means of transport which makes it easier for people to come from anywhere in the country and settle down in the state,” he added.
The HYC which is the break-away faction of KSU, has observed that Meghalaya would be the first victim of NRC from Assam stating that the immigrants would not prefer states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram that have ILP in place while Manipur is alert of immigrants from Assam.
“The consequence of NRC will be mass influx of people from Assam to Meghalaya. Hence, ILP and other legislations’ should be implemented in the state,” Kharjahrin said.
Earlier, Pro-ILP group comprising of 13 pressure groups of the state has expressed disappointment over the failure of the state government to complete the construction of entry and exit points across the state to check influx, especially at a time when the threat of immigrants from Assam looms large.
Meanwhile, the HYC also launched a documentary film, ‘Ki Ain ban iada iaki hok Trai Ri’ today which aims to spread awareness of the organization 14 points demands and influx related issues.
He also said that they will also soon release short clips of campaigns against political parties that do not include ILP in their manifestos and influx-related mechanisms like the Congress.