UDP urges MDA Govt to ‘seriously consider’ implementation of ILP

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UDP Vice President Allantry Dkhar. File Photo.

SHILLONG, Feb 10: MDA coalition partner UDP has impressed upon the government to seriously look into the implementation of ILP considering the complexities and challenges of the 21st century.

In a press statement issued here on Sunday, UDP Vice President Allantry Franklin Dkhar suggested that the government should in fact go beyond the current clauses of ILP to give the mechanism more teeth.

“The Party is of the strong opinion, that in light of the recent news reports regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the government should seriously look into the implementation of  ILP and, in fact , even go beyond it if required, in the interest of giving more teeth to it, considering the  complexities and challenges of the 21st century,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told a public rally in Assam that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will be implemented, although he assured that the bill will not harm the North East.

UDP suggested that the government should strengthen the Land Transfer Act by doing away with certain provisions that alienates land in the garb of tribal interest.

“The Industrial policy has to be fine tuned, to curb the ongoing practices of availing plots at the industrial estates to outside entities at the expense of the state’s exchequer. The Trading License issued by the District Councils has to be strictly implemented considering that the local indigenous people are competent enough to carry out various trades. The regulation and registration of outside labourers is another area of great concern which the government needs to seriously look into,” Dkhar said.

The registration of voters from outside the state is another area of grave concern, especially along the international borders as well as the interstate borders, where their actual antecedents need to be properly verified before registering them, he pointed out.

The Party also appealed to the people not to fall prey to propagandas of national parties, who are more concerned with vote banks rather than the wellbeing of the state’s population.

He said “the electorate knows that if all the north eastern states were under regional parties regime, the centre would have not dared but going by history on how the north eastern states vote national parties to power, the union government has seized the opportunity.”