CoMSO reiterates demand for Inner Line Permit in Meghalaya

Shillong: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) has once again urged the government to introduce and implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state by the end of October.

The CoMSO sent out a reminder to the government, saying: “We look forward to the government to keep its promise of implementing ILP in the Meghalaya Residential Safety and Security Act.”

In its statement, the confederation said that it was ready to work with the government on how to implement the rules of ILP in the state and likewise, if the government fails to keep its word the organisation is ready to create massive agitation if the implementation is delayed any further. CoMSO recently met ministers, leaders at the forefront and also MLAs from the Opposition, conveying to them the need of ILP in the state especially after Assam declared the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC).

After his visit to Mizoram, Union home minister Amit Shah had said that the three states that have ILP he would make special exceptions for them in CAB to prevent illegal immigrants trying to enter the state.

The chairman of CoMSO, Robertjune Kharjahrin, said, “Does this mean that the Central government will only respect those states respecting them. Whereas for those states that are against CAB and wants to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the state, BJP is hell-bent on implementing it. Amit Shah is trying to send out a message that if any state wants to escape from CAB, then they should implement ILP in the state. So Meghalaya should wake up and immediately work on implementing ILP to escape from CAB and also to fight illegal immigrants entering the state.”

He also added that Northeastern states are working on the influx of immigrants; states like Manipur passed the Manipur People Protection Bill 2018, Assam with its NRC who is still working with the high level committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord and the demand for Twipraland by Tripura. CoMSO believes that Meghalaya should follow suit and work on implementing ILP in the state immediately.

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