Shillong, Dec 9: Meghalaya Leader of Opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma today urged the state government to fulfil their promises of delivering Inner Line Permit (ILP) to the state and implementing the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA).
Addressing reporters following a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party, he stated that during their regime, their government had come up with MRSSA to complement ILP as a means to put an end to influx of illegal immigrants to the state.
He stated that the state government lied on the floor of house by not delivering on their promise to urge the centre to pass ILP, despite a resolution being passed in the assembly.
“The NGOs are waking up the government from their slumber. They should not lie to us, if they don’t do it; it’s lying to us in the floor of the House. Promising something they can’t do is lying,” he said.
He added that one year has passed since the passing of the resolution and that the government was not serious on taking up ILP with the centre.
“Is the government aggressively pursuing (implementation of ILP) as was assured in the floor of the house?” he questioned.
The former Chief Minister added that during their tenure, they came up with MRSSA as ILP doesn’t have ‘enough teeth’ to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants to the state.
He questioned the delay of the state government in implementing the principal act, asking whether it was by design or an action by default because of lack of understanding.
“It’s not just entry and exit point. We have long international border, therefore it is appropriate for us to understand what the ground reality is. We have border with Assam, we have other routes that will not be covered. The act has provisions for that. Tenants can’t stay without providing documents. They must provide details indicating their credentials whether for business or residence. These measures designed in a way that involves local traditional heads,” Dr. Sangma said.
Meanwhile, in solidarity with farmers’ protest across the country against the three farm laws, Mukul stated that the Government of India should have taken into consideration the opinions of the nation’s farmers before implementing the three laws, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
“Government of India is saying we are benefiting the farmers, but farmers are saying they don’t agree. Then we should not be adamant, we should not be seen as people who are insensitive while being in power,” he said.