Shillong, Jul 25: The People’s Democratic Front (PDF) has submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah urging the centre to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
“Implementation of Inner Line Permit in the state of Meghalaya is a comprehensive mechanism that will help to check the influx of illegal migrants in the state,” the PDF said.
The party said in the past, this issue has been one of the foremost issues that the state government is struggling to accept until the Meghalaya Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution in December 19, 2019 to urge the Centre to implement the ILP in the state.
The PDF said that demanding the implementation of ILP in the state of Meghalaya is one of the foremost issues that the party is stressing upon the State government and the Central government to maintain peace and harmony and to protect the Identity of the indigenous people of the state.
The PDF said that at present the State of Meghalaya is facing a grave concern on the drastic increase of influx because of unchecked entry of the illegal migrants which from time to time creates issues that tend to disturb the peace and harmony in the state and now threatening the ‘Unique Identity’ of the indigenous people of Meghalaya.
On the boundary dispute with the state of Assam the PDF pointed out that there are as many as 12 areas of dispute along the Meghalaya-Assam border.
“In the past there has been many incidents which has caused clashes, tension and hostility among the people living in both sides of the border and therefore causing serious hardships for those peoples living in those disputed areas,” the PDF said.
The party was of the opinion that this issue should be settled at the earliest in order to restore peace and harmony and developmental projects will not be disrupted.
The PDF also urged the Union Home Minister to include Khasi Language in the 8th Schedule.
The party stated that Khasi language is spoken by nearly 1.4 million of the state as per the census 2011 and by number of people in the hill districts of Assam bordering with Meghalaya and even by the people living in Bangladesh in the border.
“Being one of the important language in most of the educational institutions in the state as well as having a full-fledged department in the North Eastern Hill University now after fulfilling all the important criterias as prescribed by the ministry, deserved to be included in the 8th schedule of the constitution of India,” the PDF stated.