SHILLONG, April 11: Seeking to use the socio – economic upliftment of the people of the state as a way of preventing influx into Meghalaya, the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) has launched a movement along these lines.
“The socio-economic movement is a people’s movement and is a new way of tackling the problem of influx in the state,” FKJGP chief Wellbirth Rani said after a meeting held at Dinam Hall, Jaiaw in the presence of two former FKJGP presidents, Emlang Lytan and Joe Marwein.
He also said that the implementation of the Inner Line Permit which the FKJGP, besides other pressure groups have been demanding will no longer be needed if this new socio – economic movement is successful.
Earlier in his address, Rani said the fight against influx has been going on for the past few decades since 1979 while adding, “Yet we forget to diagnose the source of the problem (influx).”
He opined that the time has come for the people of the indigenous community to realize the “mistake”. He also cited an example wherein he said that people here are giving rent to outsiders and allowing them to capture trades which tribal are capable of doing themselves.
“If there is no one willing to give rent at high prices, we may not need to put the entry/exit points,” he said.
Emphasizing on the need to understand the importance of dignity of labour, he said that it is time for our own people to start creating their own employment.
Echoing similar views, FKJGP general secretary D Khongsit said that if the indigenous community do not work hard then it would be pointless to only have laws in place.
Meanwhile, a book entitled ‘Ka Jingkieng Diengjri’ was also released by noted Khasi entrepreneur Honsen Lyngdoh during the meeting. This book which literally means ‘The Living Root Bridge’ reflects the main goals that the federation aims to achieve through the movement.