CoMSO members hold placards and shouting slogans demanding ILP in Meghalaya
CoMSO members hold placards and shouting slogans demanding ILP in Meghalaya|EastMojo
MEGHALAYA

Meghalaya: CoMSO ends sit-in protest, to take steps to curb influx

Four-day sit-in protest, carried out by CoMSO in Shillong, ended on Saturday. They inform that the peaceful agitation has ended and will now take action directly

Princess Giri Rashir

Princess Giri Rashir

Shillong: Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) will now visit check gates placed at border areas in Meghalaya and ensure that proper checking is done to curb influx of immigrants and keep a watch of any illegal immigrant trying to enter the state.

CoMSO have been on a sit-in demonstration at State Central Library, Shillong for over four days, and Saturday was the last day of the sit-in protest after announcing their next course of action.

This protest comes amid the demand for Inner Line Permit in the state and with the Union home minister Amit Shah leaving the local NGOs waiting for the Centre to implement ILP in the state has left many curious whether ILP will be implemented or not.

Entering the fourth day of the sit-in protest in Shillong, CoMSO ended the sit-in protest informing that the next agitation will be direct action.

While addressing the media CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin informed that they will now act directly since the government is not paying any heed to their demand. Kharjahrin also mentioned that on February 12, the union would visit check gates placed at border areas in Meghalaya and ask for a proper and strict checking to be done, if not they would take it upon themselves to conduct the checking.

“In the interim, till the Central Government approves the resolution for implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 in the state of Meghalaya, till the Governor gives his assent to the MRSSA (amendment) Ordinance 2019 and till the state government considers our other demands, time and again, we have decided to send our volunteers to jointly implement the mandate of the Directorate of infiltration. We will also fix a routine and inform the District Task Force for a joint checking of illegal immigrants in the state and we will also assist the Labour Inspectors for checking of work permits,” said Kharjahrin.

This protest comes amid the demand for Inner Line Permit in the state and with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah leaving the local NGOs waiting for the centre to implement ILP in the state has left many curious whether ILP will be implemented or not.

Kharjahrin further added, “We are aware that the Directorate of infiltration does not have enough police personnel to effectively implement the mandate of the Directorate, the District Task Forces are too engaged with other duties in the Districts and most of the Labour Inspectors recruited for the purpose of controlling influx and illegal migration are not willing to check work permits. This may lead to compromise of peace and security in the state, affect the already fragile demographic imbalance of the state and also adversely impact employment opportunities of the local people.”

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