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Unions call off blockades

Shillong, Sept. 11: Social organisations in Meghalaya today called off the night road blockades on Wednesday and Thursday following the state government’s assurance that the work permit system would be implemented by next month.

The decision came after chief minister Mukul Sangma met the leaders of different social organisations at the secretariat this evening.

Last week, the organisations, comprising the Khasi Students’ Union, Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People, Jaintia Students’ Union, Jaintia Youth Federation, Civil Society Women’s Organisation and Ri Bhoi Youth Federation, announced the decision to organise the night road blockades in protest against the state government’s failure to implement work permit system.

The three-month deadline ended on August 31.

The government recently decided to tackle influx through the establishment of an anti-infiltration directorate, posting of inspectors of labour in each of the 39 blocks and setting up of a task force in all districts, where the community would also be involved.

All these measures would be put in place before October 15.

The work permit system, to be implemented from mid-October, will be based on the amended Inter-State Migrant Workmen Regulation Act.

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