Shillong, Jan 31:
Chairman of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), Robertjune Kharjahrin said the pressure groups are distressed since it is not clear whether the Centre is willing to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State.
“Nothing is known on the outcome of the meeting between the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah. The only word that came out of the meeting was, “positive” as stated by the Chief Minister,” Kharjahrin said here today.
Urging the 60 legislators not to be satisfied with the resolution passed on December 19 last, he said that if necessary all 60 legislators should go and protest in Delhi.
Meanwhile, CoMSO chairman also informed that they have decided to resume their agitation in protest against the delay by the centre to approve the implementation of ILP in the state.
In its first phase of agitation, the CoMSO will organise an evening sit-in demonstration from February 4 to 8. The sit-in demonstration will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. At the same time, CoMSO has also offered the state government to help in checking infiltration to the state from Bangladesh.
Kharjahrin, however, said that this is the fourth time that the Centre chooses not to respect the state government’s demand to introduce laws for protecting the interest and welfare of the indigenous people.
The CoMSO chairman said that in 1973 the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly had passed the Meghalaya Residential Permit Bill, but the then President of the country refused to give assent to the bill.
He also said that in 1980, the state government had passed the Meghalaya Employment Bill, which was again struck down by the centre.
Kharjahrin said that the first being when the state government had passed the Residential Permit Bill in 1973 but the President of India had refused granting assent to it adding that the Cabinet Committee on Public Grievances’ decision to implement the three-tier identity card system in 2006 was also not approved by the Centre.
“This has made us to believe that there seems to be a conspiracy behind these refusal and the attitude of the Centre only shows that it does not want to give protection to the state and the indigenous people,” Kharjahrin said.