Shillong, Dec 3: The member of Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) Roy Kupar Synrem said that the CoMSO has suggested the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to lead an all party delegation to meet the union government to discuss the demand for the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.
“He has taken that into consideration and said that may be in the next few weeks that an all party delegation will be led by the CM if it is needed in New Delhi”, he told newpersons on Thursday after meeting the CM.
The CoMSO met the Chief Minister to follow up on the issue of ILP in the state and the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Bill (MRSSA) 2020 to seek the status of the official resolution of the ILP as well.
With regard to the demand of ILP, Synrem said, “Hope is not lost as yet since the Union Home Minister has not rejected the resolution of the state government and we have also told him that we want to see more aggressiveness on the part of the CM to follow up this issue, he has assured that he will follow it aggressively”.
Not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, Synrem said that the CoMSO will continue its agitational programmes whereby a sit in demonstration will be held on Friday.
Later, all the leaders of CoMSO will meet and take the next course of action.
As for the contention that Meghalaya is a transit state, he said that ILP is a regulation and rules and modalities are to be framed by the state government for its implementation.
Stating that ILP is to be implemented to serve the purpose of protection of the indigenous people, he said, “Keeping in mind that Meghalaya is a transit state, rules may be framed in such a way that it may not cause any inconvenience to the people who are using it as a transit”.
Referring to the North Karimganj MLA, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha request to the state government of Meghalaya to not implement ILP here in the state, Synrem said, “We pay no heed to people who are coming from outside to interfere with the affairs of the state”. He said that it is the state government and the Union government that should take a call.
He informed that the MRSSA is still with the Governor and said that the CM has the organization a positive reply that it will be implemented soon.
Prior to meeting the CM, the CoMSO met Rajya Sabha MP W.R. Kharlukhi who assured that the group will write to the PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
CoMSO Chairman Robert June Kharjahrin informed that the organization has petitioned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah urging them to take the demand for the implementation of ILP seriously.
He said that there is nothing left to be examined with regard to ILP as it is legally valid.
He asserted that implementation of ILP will not lead the isolation and will not hinder the growth of tourism and will not have any negative impact on development activities.