SHILLONG, July 17: The slogan, ‘No ILP, No Rest’ which has not been raised for quitNo ILP No Rest once again resounds in Shillonge some time now, once again resounded on Shillong’s streets when those taking part in a rally organized by the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) once again raised this demand on Monday.
The rally which was organized to ommemorate the 182nd death anniversary of the Khasi legend started from Dinam Hall, Jaiaw to State Central Library and was followed by a sit-in-demonstration at the monument of U Tirot Sing Syiem in which members of the HYC shouted slogans against the Congress-led government for its failure to implement ILP and other mechanisms to protect the interest of the indigenous people.
Addressing at a meeting held at Dinam Hall, HYC general secretary Robertjune Kharjahrin maintained that the organization will never accept the railway project without the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system.
“With due respect to other groups demanding comprehensive mechanisms, the HYC will not accept mechanisms such as entry/exit points proposed to be set by the government,” Kharjahrin said.
According to him, the ILP can regulate and punish people who enter the state illegally without valid papers while the entry/exits points would instead facilitate entry of people from other parts into the state.
Condemning the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma’s statement for linking the entry/exit points with ILP, he said, “Unlike the ILP, the entry/exit points have no teeth if visitors fail to produce valid documents.”
On the other hand, the HYC leader also lambasted the elected representatives and national political parties in the state who have been opposing to the implementation of the ILP.
According to him, the ILP was not implemented as it caused political inconvenience to certain political parties especially national political parties like the Congress and BJP.
The HYC further challenge the chief minister and his ministers under the Congress-led government for an open debate on the 14-point demand put forth by the HYC at a meeting to be held at the Khasi National Durbar Hall on July 22.
“Therefore if they merely say ILP cannot be implemented in the state, they should come and debate with us on that day (July 22),” he said adding “However if they fail to turn up, we have already prepared series of agitation in order to make the deaf government hear.”