Whom have you resolved ILP issue with: HYC asks Mukul

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 07: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has lambasted Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma while asking him who he has resolved the vexed issue of implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) with.
“With who have you (Chief Minister) resolved the issue of ILP?” HYC general secretary Robertjune Kharjahrin asked here on Thursday while reacting to Dr. Sangma’s claim in this regard.

Dr. Sangma while addressing a function for the laying of the foundation stone of a medical college in the city on Wednesday had questioned the motive behind raising the ILP issue which he said was discussed and resolved by the government.
Kharjahrin however said that even the 13 NGOs, who are now demanding the implementation of the comprehensive mechanism to deal with the issue of influx, are yet to abandon the issue of ILP.
Moreover, he went on to point out that political parties like Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) are also demanding ILP in their respective election manifestos.
“If he (CM) has resolved it then why are all these people still demanding implementation of the ILP system in the state,” Kharjahrin stated.
The HYC had decided to stage the three-day hunger strike in protest against what it calls an adamant attitude of the state government to discuss and implement the 14-point of demands which includes the ILP.
Accusing the Dr. Sangma - led government for failing to come up with strong anti-influx laws, the general secretary of the Council said, “We are determined to continue to demand ILP even if a new government is formed next year.”
On the other hand, Kharjahrin said that if the CM claims to have settled the issue of the ILP then why should not he invite discussion over the 13 other points raised by the HYC.
On the claim that ILP would affect tourism in the state, Kharjahrin cited an example that Mawlai, a place where no non-tribal resides, witnessed an increase flow of tourists to a museum there and yet there has not been a single incident where outsiders have been harassed in any way.
 “We beg to differ with the government on this because ILP will never be a hindrance to tourism as it will only ensure outsiders do not eat up the political and economic rights of the indigenous people when they come to the state,” he said.
The HYC leader also accused the chief minister for attempting to tag NGOs who are demanding for ILP as those who are “breeding the seeds of hatred”.
“Even if we demand for strong effective laws to check influx into the state but it is done in a peaceful way and not to spread communal hatred like the CM has alleged,” Kharjahrin said.
Meanwhile, the HYC leader also announced that a campaign against political parties which refused to reflect the ILP and strategy to tackle the problem of influx will soon be launched by the Council.


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