Shillong (Meghalaya), Nov 20 : New Delhi may not allow the state Government to introduce Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state to ward off impact of the CAA on local population according to highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Meghalaya was never covered by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 so the state can’t implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
However , the state government desperately wants to implement so that impact of the CAA does become applicable to residents of the state .
MHA is in a state of confusion on the demand to implement the Inner Line Permit the state as the entire area, which comprises the present day province, was never covered by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 even during the British era.
According to sources , allowing Meghalaya to have ILP will be a very hard decision to take .
Moreover , the prospects of tourism which is the prime industry in the state is also in the mind of the MHA as they feel once implemented, it have a serious impact on the business as it will hamper relaxed and free movement of tourists in the state .
The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has already adopted a resolution for implementing of the ILP in the state which will have restrictions of ‘outsiders’ coming to the state last year .
CM Conrad K Sangma had moved the resolution and members of the assembly , including coalition partner BJP supported it.
Accordingly ,the Assembly resolution was sent to the Centre.
It may be mentioned that ILP was extended to Manipur on Dec 11 last year with President signing the order and a notification in this regard was issued by the MHA .