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ILP not to affect tourism in Meghalaya: Dy CM

ILP not to affect tourism in Meghalaya: Dy CM
January 23
09:14 2020

NET Bureau

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday asserted that the tourism sector would not be affected if the inner line permit (ILP) regime is implemented in the State.

“If the Central Government considers the proposal of the Meghalaya Assembly to implement the ILP, we will make sure that the rules are flexible as far as the tourism sector is concerned,” Tynsong said.
The Deputy Chief Minister added that the rules for tourists would be framed in such a way that they could visit the State without any hassles.

There have been concerns that the tourism sector would be adversely affected if the State is brought under the ILP regime.

Last month, the Meghalaya Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution, urging the Central Government to implement the ILP in the State under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. Pressure is mounting on the State Government as several organisations have been demanding implementation of the ILP in the State.

The fact that Meghalaya has tremendous potential in the tourism sector was highlighted by many observers.

This was re-emphasised by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Tuesday. Kant observed that Meghalaya would become a major player in the tourism sector in the next few years.

Agreeing with Kant, Tynsong said the Meghalaya Government would adopt all measures to give a fillip to the tourism sector while protecting the interests of the indigenous people. He rubbished the Opposition Congress’s claim on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and stated that the State Government is totally against the implementation of the CAA.

“We convened a special session of the Assembly on December 19, 2019 to approve of the resolution for implementation of the ILP in the State. This clearly reflects the sincerity of the State Government. The people of the State and the Government are united on this issue,” Tynsong said.

Tynsong ruled out adopting a resolution against the implementation of the CAA, stating that only a few States have adopted such a resolution.

“Even the apex court has not issued any stay while hearing the petitions against the CAA,” the Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister said.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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