The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) said it is high time for the Centre to make its stand clear on the three issues related to the Inner Line Permit (ILP), Khasi and Garo languages and amendment of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
“We hope that the Union Home Minister will come to the state with a purpose to hear and listen to the grievances raised by the stakeholders,” HSPDP president KP Pangngiang told reporters on Monday.
“We are preparing to meet and discuss (with him) to know the clear stand of the government of India. I hope that when we get the opportunity to interact, he (Shah) will be able to give us clarity on these issues,” he added.
Pangniang said that the party has decided to raise the three important issues during the upcoming visit of the union home minister to the state.
He said the party had already submitted a memorandum demanding that para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India needs to be amended by replacing the word President and to be inserted by the word Governor – which means to re-empower the state legislature to legislate important issues like land laws.
“As a party we have also prepared a representation to remind and also to urge the government of India to implement the ILP which the state legislature had already unanimously passed a resolution (in the Assembly),” he said.
The HSPDP president said the party also urges the Union government through the union home minister to immediately include the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
Asked, he said that the party hopes that the Chief Minister would definitely call for a meeting of the MDA before Shah’s visit to the state.
On the other hand, Pangniang has also requested the Chief Minister to call a meeting with all stakeholders including political parties, autonomous district councils and others to discuss internally before holding of the border talks with Assam government.