I stand by resolution on ILP says Hek

Shillong Feb 21: Health minister, A L Hek said that he did not see any restless among the people on the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP).

Hek, the BJP legislator whose party is part of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, told reporters that he stood by the resolution passed by the state Assembly to implement the ILP in the state

Hek was not present when the state delegation led by chief minister, Conrad K Sangma met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday night.

He said that he was in Delhi since Monday and he could not attend the meeting of the state delegation to discuss the ILP issue because he went to Bangalore for another official meeting.

Hek said that he had waited for the appointment to meet the Union home minister for some days in Delhi.

When asked on the demand from various quarters and restless among the people over the delay to implement ILP in Meghalaya, Hek said, “I did not see restless of people. But I see mixed response of the people (on ILP).”

On the best mechanism to tackle influx problem other than the ILP, Hek said that strengthening the traditional institution of Dorbar system by empowering the Dorbar Shnong is the best way to tackle influx problem.

According to Hek, the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) is also one of the laws that can empower the traditional institutions and check influx at the village level.

During the meeting with the state delegation, Shah discussed the resolution on ILP passed by the state Assembly and he assured to examine the resolution.