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Agitation over ILP looms large in Meghalaya

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By EMN Updated: Apr 27, 2014 6:32 pm
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Newmai News Network
SHILLONG, April 26

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter the gap of four months, the civil society irganisations in Meghalaya are likely to resume their intense agitations demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya. But it depends on the forth-coming ‘crucial’ talks of April 29.
Since December 17, the civil society organisations of Meghalaya have been lying low after they had relaxed their agitations in view of Christmas season.
There are altogether 13 organisations speaheading the movement for the implementation of the ILP in Meghalaya. Promiment bodies among them are Khasi Students Union (KSU), FKJGP, HNYF, Garo Students Union (GSU), JSSU, CSWO, KWWADA, ADE and RBYF. The series of agitations began after the break-down of the August 29, 2013 talk between the Mukul Sangma government and the NGOs in Shillong.The KSU and other 12 organisations are spearheading the demand for immediate implementation of their demand that ought to be incorporated in the existing Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1873 to tackle and prevent inflow of illegal influx into the state.
It may be mentioned here, series of agitational programmes from bandhs, office picketing and road blockades have been sponsored by the groups for the past three months pressurizing the state government to implement the ILP system which was as per the recommendation of the High Level Committee on Influx headed by the then Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong.
However, the state government had rejected the ILP outright citing that it is not effective enough to address the problem of influx and had instead proposed to introduce the Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Verification of Tenants Bill which the public consultations on the draft is still on the process.
The NGOs have also vowed to take the movement for demanding the implementation of the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1873 which is a strong and effective law that can prevent illegal influx from entering the state to its logical end.
Mentionably, during the agitations last year, two lives were claimed and about 71 pro-ILP activists were arrested in connection with the 86 cases related to arsons and others besides murder. While majority of them were booked under Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order (MMPO) Act, few were detained under the Meghalaya Prevention of Detention Act (MPDA).

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By EMN Updated: Apr 27, 2014 6:32:03 pm