SHILLONG | JAN 22, 2020:

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong has asserted that the tourism sector in the State will not be affected even if the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is implemented in the State.

Tynsong made this statement in connection with the observation of CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant that the Meghalaya will be major player in the tourism sector in the next four to five years.

“If the Government of India considers the proposal made by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to implement ILP in the State then the rules will have to be framed by the State Government. We will make sure that the rules are very flexible as far as tourism sector is concern. We will allow the tourists to come in freely to experience and witness the scenic beauty of the State,” Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister said.

Stating that he totally agrees with the observation of the NITI Aayog CEO about the State’s potential in the tourism sector, he said that the Meghalaya Government will adopt all measures to ensure that the tourism sector is not affected even as ensuring that the interest of the local indigenous population is protected.

To a question that the Opposition Congress had accused the government of trying to convince everyone to accept the Citizenship Amendment Act, Tynsong said that it is the role of the opposition to keep on alleging and accusing.

“The State Government is totally against the implementation of the CAA. We had convened a special session on December 19, 2019 to approve the resolution for implementation of ILP in the State. This clearly reflects the sincerity of the State Government. The people of the entire State and the Government are united on this issue,” Tynsong said.

When asked as to why the State Government is not contemplating to adopt a similar initiative like the Kerala Government to move before the Supreme Court to oppose the CAA, he said that the resolution adopted by the Assembly is good enough.

“I would like to know how many States in India have passed the resolution on the same page and on the same line. Even the apex court has not issued any stay order while hearing petitions on the CAA. There was no stay at all,” Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister said.

When asked what will be the stand of the Government if the Centre refuses to implement ILP, he said that he does like to presume things until they met the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah.

“We are still waiting for the appointment. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had written a letter to seek an appointment to the Union Home Minister. Let us wait on the outcome of this meeting,” he said.

When asked if the State would still require ILP if there is total exemption of the CAA, he said if the Centre agrees to provide 100 percent exemption then we should not have agitation at all.


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