SHILLONG, Aug 06: In a shocking statement, the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has expressed its appreciation to the Meghalaya government for ‘implementing the ILP’ in the main Secretariat building here even as it has urged for this to be extended to the rest of the state.
“We extend our appreciation to the state government and the police for implementing the ILP in its secretariat,” HYC president Robertjune Kharjahrin had after a meeting the Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong here on Monday.
Referring to the security measures at the secretariat, Kharjahrin said, “We are happy to experience an ILP like situation here where you have to show documents and inform who we want to meet and the organization that we belong to.”
He said this is because the Council could see that more concern is given to the security breach in the Secretariat than the 40 lakh people who have been rejected in the final draft NRC of Assam, who could be a security threat to the state and the people.
“If the government can implement the ILP in the secretariat, I feel it can also implement the same in the entire state,” he said.
Meanwhile, the HYC expressed confidence that the present state government will incorporate the spirit of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the proposed amendment of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016.
“It was a fruitful meeting and we hope to see that the spirit of the ILP is being incorporated in the Act passed in 2016,” Kharjahrin said.
He informed that the Deputy Chief Minister had told the delegation that the government is already in the process of reviewing and revisiting the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016.
“We have expressed that we want the spirit of the ILP to be incorporated in this Act,” he said.
Pointing out the flaws in the existing Act, Kharjahrin said that the Council has suggested that checking of documents especially EPIC cards of people coming from outside the state should be linked to the NRC update of Assam.
“We have also suggested the need to issue permits to outsiders coming into the state and to punish those who enters the state illegally,” he said.
However, Kharjahrin said that the Council has decided to continue checking for outsiders who enter the state illegally till such time the government is ready to implement the ILP in the state.
“We cannot just blindly trust this government so we have decided that we will continue with our agitation,” he added.
The HYC has recently demanded the immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) to combat the inflow of influx and illegal immigration into the state especially in view of NRC update in neighbouring Assam.
On the NRC, the HYC president said that the discussion with the Deputy Chief Minister has indicated that even the state government is having an intention to implement the NRC in the state.
While reacting to Kharjahrin’s statements, Tynsong said, “I have no comment but entering the secretariat you should understand one thing you have to make an appointment so everybody should do the same thing I think we have to respect that. For the security of secretariat I think restriction has to be there but I don’t say we don’t allow people to enter the secretariat.”
“That is what I am saying we do have this Act passed in 2016 and the Rules have been framed and I have told them that we are going to revisit again the existing Act to meet all the criteria or to plug all loopholes and to address all these concern issues,” he added.
He said that during the meeting the delegation of the HYC had impressed upon the implementation of ILP but he told them as of now the priority of the government is to revisit the existing Act.
“I told them that I think that we can use one stone to hit two birds meaning one Act can be inclusive and comprehensive altogether,” he added.