Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy Credit: File image

Shillong: While the Meghalaya government and the pressure groups in unison have been demanding for Inner Line Permit (ILP), Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy on Thursday for the first time expressed his concern over how the permit regime could have a grave impact on the state’s tourism sector.

Although he shied away from mentioning ‘ILP’, he hinted that certain steps are in the offing which are not conducive to the growth of tourism in the state.

Informing that his recent visit to Sohra, Cherrapunjee revealed that it has already happened, the governor said that a whole lot of tourism facilities like hotels and homestays were going vacant and that his interaction with a few people revealed that tourism has taken a hit.

Asked if he was talking in reference to the anti-CAA or ILP demand, the governor said that the CAA has nothing to do with it but however said that if restrictions are put on Indian citizens from other states, making it difficult for them, then it is difficult to guess what the outcome could be.

When asked if he was referring to ILP, he said that you may draw your own conclusions. “It is for the elected government to decide on it. Not for me to decide. I share with the audience here certain feelings that I had over the last few months,” said Roy.

Avoiding to elaborate, Roy said, “But if some of these things are implemented then I think tourism which has fantastic potential in the state will take a very big hit,”

Meanwhile, governor Roy drew flak after he tweeted that, “Those not wanting divisive democracy should go to North Korea.”

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