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UDP renews demand for ILP implementation in Meghalaya

UDP renews demand for ILP implementation in Meghalaya
January 24
09:33 2020

NET Bureau

The United Democratic Party (UDP), a major alliance partner of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) Government, has reiterated its demand for implementation of the inner line permit (ILP) system in the State.

UDP working president Bindo Matthew Lanong today said that Meghalaya fell under the purview of the ILP in the original Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873.

“Originally, the whole of Meghalaya was under the ILP. However, in 1897, it was repealed from the Garo Hills as the plain belts of the Garo Hills were then under the Lakhimpur district of Assam. The zamindari system was prevalent there and the ILP was repealed to allow British officials to come here and collect taxes,” Lanong said.

“Since Meghalaya was in the original Act, we demand implementation of the ILP system in the State,” the UDP working president said.

In the original Act, Manipur was not mentioned. However, the Central Government brought Manipur under the ILP ambit on December 11, 2019. Dimapur in Nagaland, which did not have the ILP, has also been included under the regime now.

Meanwhile, the UDP appreciated the Supreme Court for taking up the petitions challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019. The party hoped that the apex court would go with the aspirations of the people of the country.

UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh said that the passing of the CAA by the Parliament was a wake-up call for the people of the North East.

“For decades we have been fighting illegal immigration and the time has come for us to come up with something concrete,” Mawthoh said. He reiterated that the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act would be one of the mechanisms to safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of the State against illegal influx.

“We need to have sincerity and commitment in coming up with mechanisms, which will not infringe on the rights of the people and also not come into conflict with the provisions of the Constitution,” the UDP general secretary added.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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