SHILLONG, Aug 07: The regional political party – Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has demanded that the state government starts considering the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Meghalaya.
In a memorandum which was submitted to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma here on Tuesday, KHNAM president, Pyndapborthiaw Saibon said, “…the demands made by various pressure groups for implementation of NRC to keep check of illegal immigrants needs to be given due consideration under the presence circumstances.”
Pointing out that it is encouraging to see that the state government is open and ready to discuss the matter, Saibon said, “We are affirmative that the government will be able to implement the NRC in the State of Meghalaya.”
Stating that similar to the State of Assam, Meghalaya have also been soft targets to illegal immigrants for the past three decades, he said that the declaration of NRC in Assam has expanded the possibility of entry of those illegal immigrants whose names have not been included in the NRC, into Meghalaya.
“Therefore, on a parallel line with NRC we also request that implementation of ILP in the state Meghalaya be taken into consideration,” he said.
Meanwhile, the KHNAM also proposed precautionary measures to the state government for safeguarding the identity of the indigenous community.
Urging the need to ensure additional forces and additional check gates at all entry and exit points, Saibon said there is a need for the Government to issue a direction to the contractors (Private and Public) to refrain from hiring labourers from outside the state without proper verifications.
“All Private companies operating in the state needs to be advised not to recruit fresh employers without proper verification and without consultation with the Police Department,” he said.
He further suggested that the police department also needs to carry out regular checks at various sites where project work is being carried while also asking the government to advise all local Dorbar Shnong to be on high alert and be partners to curb illegal immigrants.