Kharjahrin: Meghalaya Governor ready to go to Delhi to discuss ILP with Centre

SHILLONG, Dec 4: Meghalaya Governor, Satya Pal Malik on Friday assured a delegation of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), that if the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma invites him to go to Delhi to meet the central government for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state he is ready.

According to CoMSO, chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin the Governor said that this is a central subject and as a Governor who respects the people of the State and the voices of the MLAs who passed the resolution to demand ILP from the centre, he will speak with the Chief Minister on the issue.

“If the Chief Minister calls me to go to Delhi to for ILP, he will go,” the CoMSO chairman said. Kharjahrin further said that he cannot comment much on ILP since it is the subject matter of the Union government.

It may be mentioned that on Friday, the CoMSO met the Governor on implementation of ILP in the State and as well as to urge him to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Malik, the CoMSO chairman said that the MRSSA (Amendment) Bill, 2020 states that every person who intends to stay in the state of Meghalaya for more than 48 hours shall furnish information in the manner prescribed under the rules.

The Bill further stated that any persons who willfully fails to furnish the information or provides false formation as required as per section 4A shall be liable to be punished under section 176 and 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

According to Kharjahrin, this bill is similar to ILP.

The CoMSO chairman said that the bill which was passed in March this year was sent to former Governor, Tathagata Roy, he sought certain queries and even gave suggestions to send the amendment bill to the President of India.

Kharjahrin, informed that after meeting Malik they came to learn that technically the amendment bill is still with the office of the Governor.

He said that CoMSO informed the Governor that the amendment bill will be useful to the indigenous people of the State and also bring in peace and curb the entry of those persons who come into the State with ulterior motives.

Kharjahrin said that, the Governor told the delegation that he understands the aspirations of the indigenous people of the State and is on the same page with the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and the citizens of the state.

On MRSSA, Malik told the delegation that he will try to talk with the Union Home Ministry to give green signal so that he gives assent to the amendment bill.

Kharjahrin alleged that the delay to give assent to the MRSSA (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was due to the former Governor Tathagata Roy, who sought queries and also gave suggestions to the amendment bill and the government has even complied to these demands. According to Kharjahrin the former Governor has also said that he will send the amendment bill to the centre.

Therefore Malik told the CoMSO delegation that there is a need for green signal from the Union government.

Kharjahrin also said that the Governor told the delegation that if there were no complications caused due to the actions of the former Governor he would have given assent to the amendment bill.