Meghalaya: Assam Public Works (APW), a leading rights group of Assam, has urged Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma to demand the Centre for a single Inner Line Permit (ILP) system for all Northeast states and make rules so that only indigenous people of the region can buy and sell land in their respective states as per the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
After his meeting with the Meghalaya CM, APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said, “We have come to know that Union home minister Amit Shah will be meeting Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma after Christmas. We requested him to place before the home minister our demands, including one ILP for the whole of Northeast.”
Sharma said that this will be the last hope for the people of the entire region. “If we think for every state separately, we won’t be able to solve the problem. I don’t know how much Assam chief minister is serious about the issue. Meghalaya CM has become a strong voice from the Northeast in this regard. That is why we have approached him,” he said.
Talking to media persons, CM Sangma said, “They came here and submitted a memorandum regarding their demands, including for one ILP for the entire Northeast. I think these are genuine demands. They have requested me to raise the issue with the Centre. Definitely I will try my level best to raise the issue during the meeting with home minister Amit Shah.”
The APW is the main petitioner in the writ petition filed in the Supreme Court of India regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC).