CoMSO serves one-month ultimatum to govt to implement ILP in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, March 19: The Meghalaya government has been served a one month deadline to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the state so as to check influx and illegal immigration.

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) had decided to set this deadline after having met the Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong here on Tuesday where the CoMSO had demanded that the government implements the ILP in the form of an ordinance.

The decision was also prompted by the state government’s decision to amend the Meghalaya Resident, Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016 so as to make its anti-influx comprehensive mechanism more effective.

Emerging from this meeting, the chairman of the confederation Robertjune Kharjahrin said the CoMSO has made its stand clear that the state government should consider incorporating the provisions of the ILP in the MRSSA, 2016.

“The deputy chief minister told us that the state government is preparing to pass an ordinance in April instead of waiting till the next session of the state Assembly to amend the Act,” Kharjahrin, who is also the president of the HYC, said while quoting Tynsong.

He said that Tynsong has also informed that the government could not table the proposed amendment bill of the MRSSA, 2016 in the just concluded Assembly’s budget session due to the coming into force of the model code of conduct in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

“We have decided to give one month time to the state government to pass the ordinance and to frame the rules. However, the final decision on this regard will be taken during our meeting which will be held tomorrow (Wednesday),” Kharjahrin said.

He further maintained that the confederation will not accept the MRSSA if it fails to have the provisions of the ILP adding “But if it has provisions which resembles with ILP, we are ready to accept it because our intention is to implement ILP in the entire state.”

“We expect the proposed amendment of the MRSSA to ensure that entry of outsiders into the state is regulated. The residential permit to any tenant or resident should have a validity of not more than 179 days and those entering the state without permit should be penalized.”

Asserting the urgent need for anti-influx laws to protect the indigenous people, Kharjahrin said, “You will never know, the BJP if voted back to power at the Centre may pass an ordinance to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Before that happens, we need to be prepared by having a system in place.”

Kharjahrin said that the confederation will also demand that the state government deletes the other tribes from the Schedule Tribe (ST) Order, 1950 to prevent people from other parts of the North East from buying and owning land in the state.