Shillong: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation has decided to launch a mass public movement concerning their demands over the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
The umbrella body of several organisations and pressure groups in the state on Friday called an emergency meeting in the backdrop of the meeting between a Meghalaya delegation and Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. The union resolved to call upon a mass public movement, but will firstly consult with academicians, scholars of the state, traditional institutions in the coming week.
While addressing the media, CoMSO secretary Roykupar Synrem said that the union is very disappointed with the outcome of the meeting and with Shah not giving a positive assurance that ILP will be implemented.
“It is very sad to see that the Centre is still examining because this issue has been a long pending one. So the union now sees this as a long fight; hence we will launch a mass public movement. This movement will be specifically for the demand of ILP. Consultation will begin in the next few days; we’re keeping a timeline of two to three weeks. One of the consultations will be held in Shillong and the other in Tura because this will be a state movement. It will not only be for the people of Khasi and Jaintia hills but the people of the state as a whole,” said Synrem.
Synrem added that they will take the views of the elders, academicians, scholars, traditional institutions and want the movement to be a sustainable one. It will ensure to make a movement till the state gets ILP and not make this movement like the previous ones which died down like the one in 2013.
The union also raised questions over the central government how it gave ILP to the four Northeast states so easily and why couldn’t the same be done with Meghalaya.
“It is not just about a transit state, there won’t be any mechanism to allow those people transiting the state to pass peacefully. Even if we have ILP system there will be a system that these people who are using Meghalaya as a transit route they will have a safe passage,” said Synrem.
The union has also decided to now only focus on the demand of the implementation of ILP and not on the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA).
Questioning the state government’s relation with the central government, the union felt that the central government is not taking the state government seriously.