The demand for Inner Line Permit in Meghalaya has been growing louder and louder 
The demand for Inner Line Permit in Meghalaya has been growing louder and louder |File image

ILP: Meghalaya CM may meet home minister Amit Shah next week

Union home minister Amit Shah had earlier asked Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma to wait till the Delhi elections are over; he may now meet him next week after all

Princess Giri Rashir

Princess Giri Rashir

Shillong: Meghalaya Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Friday informed that chief minister Conrad K Sangma is likely to meet Union home minister Amit Shah next week to seek an appointment and take up the issue for the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.

“Last time when CM met the honourable home minister he had already apprised, requested and made an appointment for meeting the delegation again from Meghalaya which is to be led by the chief minister himself. We are still waiting for that and I think most probably CM will again fly to Delhi sometime next week to again pressure the home minister to make an appointment as early as possible,” said Tynsong.

After several attempts made by the Meghalaya delegation to meet Shah and demand for the implementation of ILP, the chief minister along with the delegation were asked to wait till Delhi elections are over.

Several questions were raised by the local NGOs on why the home minister is making them wait again and again -- from New Year to after Republic Day and now post-Delhi elections.

Leaving the pressure groups impatient, Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) took it upon themselves to implement ILP and carried out an agitation in direct action. On February 12, CoMSO assisted the police in carrying out checking at several checkpoints placed in the state.

When asked what was the government’s take on this, Tynsong said, “As I have appealed on behalf of the government, it is not that we don’t want to meet the home minister. We are fully prepared from the state government as well as the stakeholders like what we did last time. That is why the chief minister, I think, will be flying over to Delhi next week and seek an appointment with the Union home minister. I request all the NGOs and civil societies to be a little patient because we are also equally concerned from the government's side about the issue of illegal immigration.”

On December 19, the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to implement ILP in the state.

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