Guwahati, Dec 2: Pressuring is mounting on Meghalaya government headed by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma over the demand for introduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the hill state.
A number of pressure groups such as Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), CoMSO, FKJGP etc., have repeatedly asked the government to ensure implementation of ILP in the state without further delay to check infiltration of illegal migrants. These pressure groups have even threatened to take up on its own the responsibility to check credentials of outsiders coming to the state if the government failed to implement the ILP soon.
Meanwhile, Congress party citing the gravity of the developing situation over ILP demand in the state has demanded for an all-party meeting to be convened by the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to discuss the issue over the ILP demand.
Senior Congress leader in Meghalaya, Ampareen Lyngdoh has asked the state government to call an all-party meeting and also invite the pressure groups for talks on the demand for implementation of the ILP.
Ampareen rued the government's silence on the issue and pointed out that the MDA Government had had not responded to the queries about its position on the ILP demand during the recently concluded session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and there was not even enough time reserved for discussion on the subject.
Admitting that the procedure of implementing a law especially in new areas is always complicated, Ampareen pointed out that the Congress, when they were in power, had held consultations on ILP but it was not extended to any other state of the country that time.
The Congress MLA also wants the government to state its actual position of the demand which has been made by the state government as far as implementing ILP in the state is concerned.