Shillong: A union of several organisations, the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) demonstrated a protest for the immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP). They put up banners in various parts of Meghalaya on Friday.
The banners were put in areas like Motphran, Khyndai Lad in Shillong and other parts of the state requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to implement the ILP in the state with immediate effect.
A banner read, "Yes ILP, no CAA.'
While another one read, "Modi we need ILP, Amit Shah we need ILP, we need ILP…."
The banners used in the protest criticised the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It stated that only ILP can protect the interest of the indigenous people of Meghalaya.
The protesting organisation put up black flags on public and private vehicles. The organisation, CoMSO is a union of more than 12 organisations from Khasi Jaintia and Garo Hills of Meghalaya. They have been demanding the implementation of ILP. The CoMSO is headed by the Hyñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC). The council has been aggressively demanding for the implementation of ILP since the Congress-led government rejected ILP in 2013. The government instead brought 'comprehensive mechanisms' under the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016. Under this, various entry/exit points have to be constructed by the government, which will cost the state a lot.
Therefore, the HYC and CoMSO have demanded ILP, since it will contain the influx problem in Meghalaya and would not even need a huge amount of money.