New Delhi Feb 20: 2020: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the state delegation led by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma that the Government of India is examining the resolution passed by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on the need to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State.
The MDA partners met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to urge the Central government to implement ILP in the State .
“The Union Home Minister has assured that the Government of India is examining the matter,” a statement issued on Thursday night said.
The delegation comprised of Dy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Sports Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson
Dohling, Chairman of Meghalaya Planning Board Lambor Malgniang, MLA Nujorki Sungoh (UDP), Government Chief Whip, Marcuise Mark (NPP), HSPDP representative Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar and KHNAM representative Adelbert Nongrum.
During the 40 minute meeting with Shah, the Meghalaya delegation was assured that the Government of India will never allow dilution of tribal rights. “The Constitution of India has different provisions to protect the rights of the tribals and Govt of India will never allow those rights to be diluted in any ways. If there are any measures that would tantamount to encroachment on the tribal rights, the Govt of India will work in coordination with Meghalaya to safeguard the interest of the people. In every possible way the central Govt will always ensure that tribal rights are protected,” the Chief Minister said quoting assurance given by the Union Home Minister.
Apart from ILP, different pressing issues of the state including development, specially of border areas and improving the overall inland security were also discussed during the meeting.
“The Meghalaya delegation expresses satisfaction with the meeting and has informed that the Government of India has shown its serious concern for the people and they were really very positive about the outcomes,” the statement added.