by NEWSNER , 2021-03-09 12:28:27
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the government is seriously pursuing the difficulty of implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) within the state.
Replying to an hour notice moved by Congress MLA Mayralborn Syiem within the Assembly on Monday, Sangma said the government has held a series of meetings with various NGOs, which are demanding the implementation of ILP. He said the govt constituted various committees to seek out an answer to the matter of influx.
He said the government is taking all possible steps to urge the Central government to think about the state’s proposal.
He recalled the steps the govt had taken leading up to the state Assembly unanimously passing a resolution to urge the Central government to implement ILP under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 within the state and make necessary amendment to the regulation for the inclusion of the state of Meghalaya within the Preamble of the BEFR.
Sangma said the Meghalaya Residents’ Safety and Security Act, 2016 seeks to supply a framework for verification and regulation of tenants residing in Meghalaya to reinforce the safety of the citizens of the state and stop the breach of peace and maintain public order.
The Bill inserted a replacement Section whereby all persons who wish to remain in Meghalaya for quite 48 hours need to register and furnish information as per the principles to be framed while exempting certain categories of persons like permanent residents, MPs, MLAs, government servants, etc.
“The Meghalaya Residents’ Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was gone by the Assembly on Saint Joseph, 2020, and sent to the Governor for his assent. The matter is presently under discussion,” Sangma said. He recalled that the Assembly had unanimously passed another resolution on March 16, 2020, to urge the Centre to exempt the entire of Meghalaya, including areas not covered under the Sixth Schedule of Constitution, from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and it had been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs for consideration.
The CM said the government had raised both the problems with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in due course again. He said the government is awaiting a response from the Union government.
During Shah’s January 23 visit to Shillong, a memorandum was submitted to him wherein the matter, concerning the demand for ILP, was also included.
Earlier, while moving the hour notice, Syiem said the Centre should spell out if it's granting ILP to Meghalaya or not. He said the state must come up with more entry and exit points.