CoMSO reminds Meghalaya government of commitment to implement ILP

SHILLONG, 9th Oct: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) has reminded the Meghalaya government of its assurance that the Inner Line Permit (ILP) will be implemented in the state while reiterating its demand that this is implement before the end of October 2019.
It may be noted here that the government had earlier assured that provisions of the Inner Line Permit will be included in the Meghalaya Residents Safety And Security Act and CoMSO has expressed its hope that the government will stick to its word in the matter.
“CoMSO is ready to work with the government in formulating the rules and regulations on how to implement the ILP in Meghalaya and at the same time we are also ready to launch intensive agitations if the state government delays this process,” CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin said on Wednesday.
Kharjahrih also said that in these last few days the Confederation has met with ministers and leaders of the political parties comprising the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government and had also met MLA in the Opposition. “We have impressed upon them the dire need for the ILP system in Meghalaya especially in the wake of the announcement of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam,” Kharjahrin said while pointing out that come December, 2019, the deadline for people excluded from this list to prove their Indian citizenship will expire.
He then said that the state needs the ILP system because the BJP – led Central Government is intending to re – introduce the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Parliament.
“Union Home Minister Amit Shah, after his return from Mizoram, has made it abundantly clear that in the CAB there will be special provisions for the three states in which the ILP is being implemented so as to prevent illegal immigration and influx,” Kharjahrin said while adding that the Centre will only take into account these three states which are concerned about the protection of their respective indigenous populations.
He also said that the Centre will not have any qualms about implementing the CAB in those states which are only paying lip – service in opposition to this Bill.

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