Meghalaya BJP president Ernest Mawrie with his colleagues addressing the media in Shillong on Tuesday

Shillong: Meghalaya BJP president Ernest Mawrie on Tuesday said that the delay in implementing ILP by the Centre is due to an in-depth study being carried out on the constitutional provisions of the state.

During a press briefing held at the BJP office in Shillong, when asked why the Centre is delaying the implementation of ILP in Meghalaya, Mawrie said that the Centre will conduct a study and survey similar to ones done before the Assam Accord in regard to the demand for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the state. “And also due to all the other engagements it had delayed the proceedings on the demand, in due course of time anything can come up,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Garo Hills spokesperson Bernard Marak said that there has to be a constitutional sanction to implement ILP in the scheduled areas. Since Khasi hills, Jaintia and Garo hills are scheduled areas and the land belongs to the people so bringing ILP it will introduce a different kind of system. “There has to be a constitutional sanction that is being studied so that there is a feasible solution for the people in general,” he said.

“The constitutional provisions are being studied by the government. Just like different accords when they were implemented, even for CAA it was studied. There is an in-depth study being done on the areas, the provisions, the practices of the people,” said Marak.

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