Meghalaya: ILP, Border Issues will spark fresh agitation by pressure groups in the state

The Khasi Students’ Union, the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People, the Hynniewtrep National Youth Front, the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation and the Jaintia Students’ Union have decided to launch a fresh series of agitations to get the state government to resolve pending issues like the inner-line permit and the interstate border dispute with Assam.

The leaders of the five pressure organisations gathered at the KSU office in Jaiaw to discuss concerns affecting the state’s indigenous population.

FKJGP working president Dundee Cliff Khongsit issued a statement saying, “We are disappointed with the state administration for its refusal to fulfil the requests which we have expressed from time to time.

In the upcoming weeks, the organizations will begin their agitation in the Khasi-Jaintia and Garo Hills regions, according to him.

ILP adoption in the state was encouraged through a resolution that the Meghalaya Assembly unanimously voted on December 19, 2019.

The ILP is in effect in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland, four northeastern States.

An Indian citizen is granted temporary entry into a protected area using the ILP, an official travel document.

Since the Congress-led government rejected the demand in 2013 and instead approved the MRSSA in 2016, pressure organisations in the state have vehemently demanded implementation of the ILP.

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