Meghalaya NGOs to renew stir over ILP demand

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SHILLONG, FEBRUARY 2: The demand to implement the inner line permit (ILP) system in Meghalaya will be renewed with a 5-day sit-in demonstration, scheduled to be held here from February 4.
The demonstration will be staged by the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), which is a conglomeration of 12 NGOs of the State. These organisations have decided to hold the protest after the meeting between Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.
The meeting has not provided any clear message if the ILP regime would be introduced in the State. Shah has only informed the Chief Minister that a decision would be taken after the Delhi elections.
CoMSO chairman Robertjune Kharjahrin said the sit-in protest would be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day from February 4 to 8. He said 2 months have passed since the State Legislative Assembly passed a resolution to urge the Centre to implement the ILP regime in Meghalaya.
Kharjahrin said the Union Home Minister has not given any assurance if the Centre would consider the resolution passed by the State Assembly, adding that the Centre does not seem to be interested in providing protection to the State and its indigenous people.
CoMSO has also announced that its members would protest during official visits of Central Ministers to the State. Meanwhile, Kharjahrin said its members would assist the State administration in identifying infiltrators into the State.
(Courtesy: AT)