Shillong, Sept. 10: Pressure groups today asked the Meghalaya government to stop indulging in delaying tactics and put in place strong mechanisms to check influx in the state.
The groups include the Khasi Students’ Union, Federation of Khasi-Jaintia & Garo People, Jaintia Students’ Union, Jaintia Youth Federation, All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organisation, Synjuk Seng Samla Shnong, Hynniewtrep National Youth Front, Ri Bhoi Youth Federation, Civil Society Women’s Organisation and Khasi Women Welfare and Development Association.
Stating that the groups would participate in the high-level committee on influx appointed by the government, KSU president Daniel Khyriem said the groups would ensure that the administration implements the mechanisms to check influx within a specific timeframe.
Whether it would be the introduction of the inner line permit (ILP) or any other mechanism, he said the government should no longer delay in combating influx.
“If there is any delay on the part of the government, then we will be compelled to adopt other measures,” he added.
The groups also lambasted the government for allegedly evading a discussion on the ILP in the recent autumn session of the state Assembly.
Last week, the government had constituted two committees on influx — a high-level committee to be headed by deputy chief minister Bindo M. Lanong and an official committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat.
In the Lanong committee, the members include four cabinet ministers, the three chiefs of the autonomous district councils, three legislators, one representative each from among the traditional heads (nokmas, syiems and dolois), three prominent members from civil society and three representatives from each of the 10 NGOs.
The committee’s terms of reference include a review of the situation of influx and suggest a multi-pronged strategy.
The Pariat committee will review and examine the relevant laws and practices relating to tenancy and their impact on influx, suggest specific measures to regulate tenancy practices and other issues.
The committee consists of principal secretaries, commissioners and secretaries, director-general of police, law secretary and the secretaries of the three autonomous district councils.
Both the committees will have to submit their respective reports within the next two months.