SHILLONG, Aug 07: Seeking to safeguard Meghalaya from influx and illegal immigration, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has decided to constitute a committee which will come up with a proposal for mechanisms to rid the state of these problems.
“We have decided to constitute a committee to conduct an in-depth study into the problem of influx and illegal immigration in the state,” UDP general secretary, Jemino Mawthoh informed in this regard after a central executive committee meeting of the party which was held here on Tuesday.
With Assam having recently published the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Mawthoh highlighted the apprehensions of the fallout of this historic move that was made in the neighbouring state.
“We want to come up with safeguard and control mechanism which is realistic, practical and comprehensive to deal with the issue and the committee will also solicit views and opinions from party workers and other stakeholders before submitting a proposal to the government,” Mawthoh said.
Stating that the party is open to the idea of a NRC like exercise in Meghalaya, Mawthoh however said that the CEC has also decided to take up the matter with all the partners in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to apprise them of the situation and to take a call in as far as the NRC is concerned.
“We feel that there should be some kind of a safeguard mechanism in place and we want the state government to take a call on the matter,” he said.
Asked about the stance of the party with regards to the demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the state, Mawthoh said that the party is yet to discuss the merits and demerits of the ILP.
“However, the committee will discuss and bring the best mechanism which may be better than the ILP since we are yet to have any effective mechanism in place till date,” he added.