Shillong(Meghalaya), Jan10 : The Meghalaya government has sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah to bring the State under the Inner Line Permit regime following the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
The Meghalaya Assembly had last month unanimously passed a resolution urging the Union government to implement ILP under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873, in the state.
“We have sought an appointment with the Home Minister but they have not responded to our request,” Advisor to Meghalaya Chief Minister, Thomas Sangma said.
Day after the passage of the CAA in the parliament, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had met Shah and demanded the implementation of the ILP in the state.
During his election rallies in Jharkhand, Shah said that he had asked the Chief Minister to meet him after Christmas and we can think constructively for a solution for Meghalaya.
The ILP regime was extended to Manipur on December 11 with President Ram Nath Kovind signing the order. Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have already been under the ILP regime for several decades.
The powerful Khasi Student’s Union, which has been demanding for implementation of ILP in the state, is firmed to intensify its agitation to mount pressure on the government to implement the permit system to prevent suspected illegal Bangladesh immigrants entering the State.
“If the Central government can give ILP to the state of Manipur why not us,” KSU president, Lambokstarwell Marngar asked.
He warned that the Union will intensify its agitation if the government turns down the government resolution urging the Union government to implement ILP in the state.
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