No to ILP in Meghalaya: Don’t point the finger at us says CM to Opposition

Shillong, Sept 17: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday asked the opposition Congress not to point finger at his government since their earlier stand was ‘no’ to the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the state.

Replying to a short duration discussion on the failure of governance in the state moved by Rangsakona legislator Zenith Sangma in the Assembly, Conrad said the then chief minister Mukul Sangma on November 27, 2013 had made a statement that “the government does not want ILP. We will not have a discussion on ILP. How many times have we discussed the issue?”

He however said that it was the MDA government that agreed to discuss this matter, moved a resolution and passed it.

“But today the opposition came in and asked what you are doing when their stand was very clear they said we don’t want ILP. There will not be ILP.”

Stating that the MDA government is following up the matter with Centre, the Chief Minister said, “It shows the intent of this government and the seriousness that we have regarding the ILP issue – so don’t point fingers at us when you know what your stand is earlier.”

He also blamed the opposition for failing to take up the long pending issue related to the inclusion of the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

“Why did it take 47 years to pass a resolution on the eighth schedule?” he said  

On the demand to relocate the Sweeper’s Colony from Them Iew Mawlong, the Chief Minister also questioned the failure of the past government to resolve the issue even after 48 years.

“It was this government that has taken up issues which no other government dared to do,” he said while adding that lots of members were trying to play politics during the short duration discussion.

Conrad further claimed that the MDA government is the first government that shows seriousness on the interstate boundary dispute issue while adding that the government has already taken steps to implement the MRSSA.

On an issue raised by the opposition against illegal appointment of teachers, the CM reminded the House especially the opposition about the CBI case that was going on against one of the MLAs who had illegally appointed and put white ink on the marksheets.

“And today you are talking about an illegal appointment,” he asked, adding “A member of this House was involved in that. Please don’t talk about illegal appointments. I have too many facts with me regarding such issues but I am not the kind of person who likes to bring out these issues and play a blame game but I have to protect my team, I have to protect my officials, I have to protect my government.”

Regarding the alleged illegal coal racket, the chief minister said as per report, around 5.6 lakh trucks were detected carrying illegal coal during the period from 2013 to 2018.

He also asked the Congress for failing to approach the Supreme Court on the NGT ban on coal mining in the state and pointing out that the ruling of the apex court was a big achievement for the government.

On the alleged lawlessness in the state, the chief minister said that there were 1,000 plus cases of counter insurgency during 2013 to 2017 while only 17 during the last three years under this government.

He added, there were over 215 incidents of encounters from 2013 -2017 but only 6 during the past three years. “Only 3 people were killed during the last 3 years compared to 137 people who were killed from 2013-17,” he added.

The chief minister further claimed that there are over 8,000 externally aided projects which are being implemented in the state during the past three years. According to him, over Rs 4,200 crore have been sanctioned.


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