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Sat, 22 Feb 2020

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Meghalaya Home Minister to review situation next week

Meghalaya Home Minister to review situation next week
February 14
11:44 2020

NET Bureau

Meghalaya’s new Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday said that he would hold a review meeting next week on the anti-infiltration drive being conducted by NGOs in the State and take a decision in this respect.
Rymbui, after holding a meeting with representatives of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), said that he had come across reports of NGOs conducting the infiltration drive in different parts of the State, along with the State Police.
“I have told them that the (anti-infiltration) drive should be called off,” the Home Minister said. However, the NGOs have decided that they would continue with the drive as they were only assisting the anti-infiltration wing of the Government.

The NGOs have been conducting the drive at places like Byrnihat (Ri-Bhoi district), Ratacherra (Jaintia Hills district) and other places for the past few days. They are checking identification papers of those entering the State as they are upset that the inner line permit (ILP) system has not been implemented in the State so far.

Rymbui said that the NGOs have assured that they would “consider” calling off their drive, except in the border areas of the State. “They told me they would continue the drive in the border areas, but in other areas they would curtail it…let us see, we will wait for a few days,” the Home Minister said.

On the validity of the drive, Rymbui said that it cannot be dubbed “legal or illegal” unless anyone takes the law into their hands, but “we have to look into all aspects”.

On the reported lack of manpower in the anti-infiltration wing of the Government, Rymbui said that in the review meeting, scheduled next week, all aspects would be discussed.

After the review meeting is over, Rymbui said he would be in a better position to state if there are deficiencies in the wing and whether corrective steps should be taken.

On the two cases of arson reported in the State capital last night in which two government vehicles were torched, Rymbui stated that such violence should not take place as these properties belong to the people.

He appealed to the NGOs to exercise patience as the Government is working with the Centre to implement the ILP system. “I do not want any sort of thing that will create a law-and-order situation. This issue (implementation of the ILP) should be resolved at the earliest…but this cannot be done overnight,” the Home Minister maintained.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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