‘Conrad Sangma prove yourself that you can lead Meghalaya to ILP Regime, if not please step down,’ – one of the banners displayed by the anti-influx groups under the banner of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) reads as they staged a sit-in demonstration in Shillong to put pressure on the Centre to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.
CoMSO is a conglomerate of several groups that have been demanding the implementation of ILP in the state and amendment of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA).
Some of the banners also read, ‘BJP don’t Play double standard, Meghalaya BJP cannot say yes to ILP and Central BJP say no to ILP, show your true colour,’ ‘We want ILP, No ILP NO Rest,’ ‘Meghalaya Indigenous people has fought for too long for ILP Its time for the Government of India to honour it.’
Anguished over delay in implementation of ILP in the state, a delegation of CoMSO leaders met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan and sought his intervention by taking up the ILP issue with the Centre and to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
The delegation also urged the governor to approve the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which has been passed by the State Assembly.
CoMSO secretary Roikupar Synrem said the delegation explained to the Governor the need to have special protection in the form of ILP.
“Today from CoMSO five of us met Governor regarding two issues, one is to seek his intervention with Union Home Ministry with regards to the implementation of ILP in the state, so in the first issue we explain to him why indigenous people need ILP as we need special protection in the form of ILP system.”
According to CoMSO, the Governor assured the visiting Anti influx groups that he is there with them, “He has told us whatever is in his capacity as the Governor of the State he will do in intervening this issue with the Union Home ministry.” He said.
“The Governor has also given us an assurance that he along with the chief minister will go to Delhi soon to meet the Union home minister Amit Shah and urge the Central government through him the need to implement ILP in Meghalaya,” he said.
Regarding Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security bill, he informed that the Governor has assured to look into the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and give his assent to the Bill if it is for the interest of the indigenous people. The Governor asks the Anti influx groups to be patient and wait for the right time even as he assured them to look into the matter.