PDF promises to strengthen traditional institutions to curb influx

SHILLONG, Feb 14: The People’s Democratic Front (PDF) has promised to strengthen the institutions of the Syiem, Sirdar, Doloi and the Rangbah Shnong to curb influx into Khasi-Janitia hills region of the state even as it stated that Inner Line Permit (ILP) may be one such measure.

“We will strengthen these traditional institutions in order to restrict immigrants from over populating,” Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Member of District Council, James Ban Basaiawmoit said after the release of the party manifesto.

The Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah, MDC who will be contesting the election on a PDF ticket also said that ILP is one such mechanism.

He however said that there should not be hurry in getting the assent on the Khasi Hill Autonomous District (Inner Line as adopted from the Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873) Regulation Bill, 2018 which was passed by the KHADC last year.

“We will leave it to the wisdom of the state government to study it properly so that the law when passed becomes effectively strong,” he said.

Meanwhile, state Cabinet Minister and PDF legislator, Banteidor Lyngdoh said that the stand of the party was not different from that of the state government.

According to Lyngdoh, said that the PDF was in line with the statement of the recent statement of Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong that the government was trying to bring a mechanism which is similar to ILP.

“It can be a different law but should curb influx,” he said.

It may be pointed out last week in a meeting between the Tynsong and members of the CoHSO, the deputy chief minister has assured to bring amendments to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 by incorporating provisions of ILP into the Act.

Basaiawmoit also said that the United Khasi Jaintia Hills District (Trading By Non-Tribals) Regulation act, 1954 and 1959, as enshrined within the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, should be strictly regulated.

Meanwhile, also said that if the party is in power in the district council it will form a consultative committee and include experts in it and study the loopholes in the Village Administration Bill (VAB).

Lyngdoh pointed out that the VAB passed by the KHADC had certain clauses which were in conflict with the Constitution and therefore there was a need to study threadbare the provisions of the Bill for the interest of the future generations of the indigenous people.

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