Shillong, Jan 21: Various pressure groups of the state on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of Meghalaya Statehood Day organised protest by hanging banners and pasting stickers on vehicles in Khasi-Jaintia Hills demanding Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) and condemning the implementation if Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
The protest was led by the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) along with Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF) and Ri-Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF).
In a statement issued here, the KSU said, “Even though Meghalaya has reached 48 years of statehood but till date the government has been unable to curb the entry of illegal immigrants.”
The students’ body also said that the implementation of CAA is a reminder of the flood gates that were opened in the form of people coming from Bangladesh in 1971 and also the settlement of Nepalis from Nepal in Meghalaya.
The KSU said that before Meghalaya got its statehood in 1972, the ILP was in force in the United Khasi – Jantia Hills in the then Assam.
“After we got our own state the ILP went into oblivion and although since 1987 there were demands to re-implement it successive governments did not do so,” the KSU said.
The KSU said that on the occasion of Meghalaya Day, it wants to remind the present government to fulfill the wish of the indigenous people like curbing illegal immigration, set up educational institutions, provide employment opportunities, give better health facilities, good roads among others.