CoMSO met the Governor  seek his intervention for implementation of ILP in Meghalaya

Shillong, Dec 04: Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organsation today met the Governor of Meghalaya Mr. Satya pal Malik and submit representation for the Implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) System in the State of Meghalaya and to give Assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety & Security (Amendment) Bill 2020- Seeking your kind intervention and necessary approval.

In the representation CoMSO inform the Governor that  the it was formed by the Civil Society Organisations of the State of Meghalaya both from Khasi-Jaintia and Garo Hills regions. The main objectives is to work towards protection and promotion of the aspirations of the Indigenous people of the State for the protection of the Land, Natural resources, Cultural Heritages and Languages of our State.

The  CoMSO stands united to demand for legislations to protect the very existence and welfare of the indigenous People of the State. As such, CoMSO is pleased to place before your good office the following issues requiring your kind intervention and considerate actions:

That , Meghalaya just like Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur is a small state where the indigenous people of the State are minority in the context of national population and thus it need special protection just like the indigenous people of the other four States referred to above.

That, the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on the 19th of December, 2019 had unanimously adopted a Resolution urging the Government of India to implement ILP in the State under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873’.

The said Resolution was moved by the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and all members across party lines supported it. The Assembly Session for One day only was held for the sole purpose of passing the above Resolution as it is the aspirations of the indigenous people of State to implement ILP.

That, Four States in the North Eastern part of India have put in place laws and mechanisms to contain unregulated entry of people into their States by implementing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) System, which is an offshoot of the ‘Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873’. However, our State, which have been demanding ILP for a very long time have been denied this law and mechanism by the Central Government.

That, the Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah in his Meetings with the delegations of the State led by our Chief Minister Shri Conrad K Sangma, in the month of February, 2020 has assured that the Government of India is examining the matter for implementation of ILP in the State.

However the said Resolution was passed and forwarded to the Central Government in the month of December, 2019 and as per statements of our Chief Minister recently, it is learnt that the Centre is still examining the issue till date.

In the representation CoMSO pointed out that, as per the Reply of the Minister of State for Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha on 27th February, 2013 relating to implementation of ILP in other States of the North East pertaining to the question asked by the Member of the Upper House.

Mr. Sabir Ali, MP, it is abundantly clear that ILP is a system specially meant for the protection of the Indigenous and the tribal population in these States and also made it clear that ILP system falls within the Reasonable restriction of Article 19 (5) of the Constitution of India.

That the  Gauhati High Court in the case of “North East Plains People Traders and Youth Federation v. Union of India, 2008(3) Gua LT 845” has also upheld the validity and constitutionality of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. The Supreme Court of India on July 2nd, 2019 dismissed the PIL challenging the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation.

The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on 19th March, 2020 adopted the Meghalaya Residents Safety & Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and forwarded the same to the Office of the Governor for seeking assent to the Bill.

The objective of the Bill is to ensure enhance security, vetting of tenants and ensure the safety and security of citizens of the State by preventing anti-social elements from gaining shelter in the State which might be detrimental to peace and tranquillity to maintain public order and peace.

The above Amendment Bill is lying with your Office for your kind consideration and we are of the opinion that the Bill will go a long way towards the protection of the indigenous people of the State by providing us safety and security as mandated by the Bill. Hence, we humbly request you to kindly give assent to the Bill at the earliest.

Based on the above facts and circumstances, it humbly requested that you may kindly intervene with the Union Home Ministry to grant approval for implementation of ILP system in the State of Meghalaya.

In the meeting with the Governor they also requested to consider the Meghalaya Residents Safety & Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for the welfare and protection of the indigenous population of the State of Meghalaya. The representation was sign by Mr Robertjune Kharjahrin Chairman  and Mr Roykupar Synrem Secretary of CoMSO.




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