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Meghalaya CM Conrad to discuss ILP issue with Amit Shah in Shillong

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has promised to take up the matter of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 23 next when the latter shall visit Shillong to chair the plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC).

“If the visit of The Union Home Minister gets cancelled, I will visit New Delhi and take up the matter with him,” Sangma said.

Shah will arrive in Guwahati on January 22, before moving to Shillong the next day to participate in the meet. He will return to Assam again and deliver an address in Nalbari in Lower Assam on January 24. The Meghalaya Government will reportedly seek Amit Shah’s intervention for the Centre’s approval of the resolution adopted by the Meghalaya Assembly for implementation of ILP in the State.

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 Sangma last month met Governor Satya Pal Malik and took up the issue of the ILP and also discussed the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Act, 2020, both of which have been recommended by the State assembly.

The Government’s inability to implement the ILP has been met with resentment, with sporadic protests erupting in the state from time to time, demanding the implementation of the same.

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), has called for a state-wide agitation over various unresolved issues, including ILP, on Meghalaya Day (January 21). Members of the organization would meet stakeholders across the state to strengthen the movement and put pressure on the state government to implement ILP besides asking the Governor to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Bill.

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