Guwahati, Feb 5: Meghalaya Governor, Satya Pal Malik has made an observation that that the implementation of Inner-Line Permit (ILP) as demanded by various pressure groups in the state, would be counter-productive for the state even as he said he has no objection to checking of travel document of visitors to the state to protect the indigenous communities.
“I have not understood how ILP will help the people of Meghalaya. You will have no investment, no tourism. It will be harmful as per my assessment,” the Governor said in Shillong on Thursday while making it clear it is the prerogative of the Centre to take the final decision on introduction of the ILP in the hill state.
He aired apprehension that flow of visitors to Meghalaya would come down drastically if ILP is implemented and it would hit economic activities hard in the state.
He, however, said he has no objection to the ILP if it is required to protect the locals. According to the Governor, the ILP would be redundant if the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) is implemented.
He also pointed out that said an Act like MRSAA couldn’t be implemented without the support of the Centre.
Reminding that he has already given his assent to the Labourers Registration Bill without any hesitation, Malik maintained that there is no imminent threat to the indigenous population of Meghalaya but MRSSA can be passed.