SHILLONG, July 12: National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday sought the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya until such time the hyped “comprehensive mechanism” to check influx in this tribal-dominated state.
“We demand the implementation of the ILP as a stop-gap-arrangement till such time a comprehensive mechanism is put in place to check influx in the state,” James Kongal Sangma, NPP Spokesperson told reporters here.
The demand is one of the 12-point resolutions adopted by the state executive committee meeting of the party which was held here on Friday and attended by their national president Purno A Sangma.
Stating that though the party is quite aware of the pros and cons in the implementation of the ILP, he said that until such time the so called comprehensive mechanism announced by the government earlier this year is put to test and implemented, the ILP should be implemented besides the 3-tier ID card and the Work Permit.
NPP Working President Conrad K Sangma elaborated that “development is important but we need to know our priorities. We can’t let go of our identity for the sake of economic development.”
He said, “Keeping all these factors in mind, we want government to implement the ILP until and unless the so-called comprehensive mechanism is introduced.”
The party unanimously resolved to call for the implementation of the ILP following the inability and delaying of the state government to come up with a comprehensive mechanism to tackle the issue of influx and illegal migration.
The NPP condemned the failure of the government to come up with a proper mechanism to address the issue despite the issue of influx and illegal migration having created a deep sense of insecurity amongst the indigenous population of the state.
“We have totally lost confidence in the promises of the Chief Minister who promised to develop a mechanism that can check influx,” James said while informing that it is the reason why, as of now, the party felt that the only one law available which can to some extent help in curbing the problem is ILP.
Stating that though the views of those opposing the ILP needs to be respected, James said, “But we need to look at the problem from a broader perspective as influx is a big issue and a serious problem to the state.”
Later speaking to reporters, NPP national president Purno A Sangma said, “We are not going into merit and demerits of the ILP but our main focus is on the real and serious problem of influx.”
He said, “The party is not against people coming to the state but against them settling here,” while citing that there are 10 million Indians who are working in middle east but all have proper permit so when the time ends they have to leave the place.