Shillong, Nov 19: Pressure groups across Meghalaya on Thursday resumed their agitation over the demand to implement the inner line permit (ILP) regime under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 — in the state.
The sit- in-demonstration was led by the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) at Malki ground in Shillong in view of the delay by the centre to accede to their long-pending demand for implementation of ILP to check entry of illegal immigrants in the State.
The demonstration was supported by Garo Students Union (GSU), Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), Ri-Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF), AYWO and ADE at Jowai, West Jaintia Hills, Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills, Nongpoh in Ri-Bhoi, Mawkyrwat in South West Khasi Hills, Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills, Sohra and Ichamati in East Khasi Hills and in State capital Shillong.
On December 19, 2019, the Meghalaya Assembly had to pass a resolution wherein an appeal was made to the Centre to extend the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 to the state following the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
KSU president, Lambokstar Marngar accused the central government of “insulting the sentiments” of the people of Meghalaya by delaying implementation of ILP.
“What is the problem of the central government? ILP has already been granted to Manipur. If central government treats us equally – to safeguard and protect the identity of the indigenous people of the state of Meghalaya, the central government should grant ILP,” he asserted.
He also reiterated demand to exempt the entire north eastern region from the purview of the CAA.
Marngar also maintained that the central government was ‘duty bound’ to include Khasi and Garo Languages in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution since a resolution was passed by the state government in the legislative assembly last year seeking recognition of these two indigenous languages of Meghalaya.
The KSU president called for the implementation of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA). Although the state government had proposed to set up 23 entry/exit points in Garo Hills and 18 entry/exit points in Khasi and Jaintia Hills under MRSSA, they are yet to be constructed.