CoHSO rally demands implementation of ILP in Meghalaya

HS Shylla resigns

SHILLONG, Jan 31: The rally organized by the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organisations (CoHSO) at Students’ Field, Jaiaw in the city against the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has demanded from the state government to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP).

On Thursday thousands of people thronged the stadium to show their resentment against the Bill.

At the rally apart from the constituents of the CoHSO comprising of 13 pressure groups, members of various political parties like Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), HS Shylla, MDCs were present.

Speaking at the rally, Shylla said that the central government will not listen to the tribals of the northeast region, since the majority community in other parts of the country is happy with the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is firm that it becomes an Act.

‘We are shouting in the wilderness. It is time for us to demand the implementation of ILP,” the KHADC, chief said.

He pointed out that other states in the northeast have ILP but Meghalaya is yet to implement the Act to protect the indigenous communities.

“We are giving Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and UDP chief Dr Donkupar Roy to ask the Governor to give assent to the ILP which was passed by the KHADC,” Shylla said.

He also slammed former chief minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016.

According to him the Act facilitates the entry of migrants into the state.

He pointed out that as per the Section 18 which talks about function of facilitation centres sub-section (2) (d) of the Act, says, “to facilitate the entry of tourists, or visitors to the state without causing any inconvenience.”

Shylla also reminded that Home Minister, Rajnath Singh had told the Rajya Sabha that the main aim of ILP is to prevent the settlement of other Indians in the State where ILP is prevalent in order to protect the population of the tribals.

He has also set the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government a week’s deadline to give assent to the ILP.

Meanwhile, on Thursday at the public meeting Shylla announced his resignation from the primary membership of the NPP.

He had already announced that he will not be contesting the MDC polls slated for February 27.

Shylla had expressed his disappointment that the state government has not given its assent to even a single bill passed by the KHADC.

“I wonder how will the MDCs go to the people asking them go them give fresh mandate,” he asked.

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