Meghalaya: After a lull, 13 pressure groups once again raise ILP issue!

Meghalaya: After a lull, 13 pressure groups once again raise ILP issue!

By Our Correspondent, TNT News | Shillong, Jan 10, 2018:

After months of silence comes the storm! The 13 pro-ILP pressure groups of the state have once again raised the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) even as they expressed discontentment over the failure of the State Government to put in place the exit and entry points as measures to fight influx and illegal immigration in the state.

While talking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) president, Lambokstar Marngar said that it is really disappointing that the State Government has failed to create entry and exit points despite its assurances from time to time.

“It has been more than 4 years and till now there is no sign of the entry and exit points. We are surprise over this delay since the land is already available,” Marngar stated.

He further asserted that the State Government should start creating check points in those areas where land have already been finalized.

It may be mentioned that there are around 18 Entry & Exit Points in Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills that needs to be completed in 3 phases.

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On the Meghalaya Safety & Security Act 2016, Marngar stated that despite the fact that the Act has come into force, it is sad that the government has not given any instructions with regard to the formation of the District Task Force.

On Assam’s NRC list where CM Dr Mukul Sangma has assured that the government will look into the matter, Marngar said, “We know that the people who will get rejected from there will ultimately make their way into the state.”

When asked about the recent statement of Chief Minister that those demanding ILP should chase the RSS if they come into the state, the KSU president said that if the CM says this, then it empowers the NGOs to check people entering the state and the district administration should not interfere.

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Marngar observed that the implementation of the ILP is one of the top priorities in most of the political parties’ manifesto and expects them to fulfil this assurance if they come to power.

“Our demand for ILP will stay, and the Comprehensive Mechanism will stay as it is,” the KSU president asserted.

Meanwhile, HNYF general secretary, Sadon K Blah maintained that the issue of influx is not a political agenda. “The ILP issue will remain till the Government implements it,” Blah said.

Commenting on the recent remarks made by the Chief Minister, Blah said that when it comes to demanding the implementation of the Comprehensive Mechanism or the ILP, the CM has always denied that there is influx in the state.

“But we appreciate that he has accepted the reality that there is influx,” the HNYF general secretary added.

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