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KSU harps on permits

Shillong, March 20: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) today reiterated its stand for the implementation of the inner-line permit (ILP) in Meghalaya to check influx and illegal immigration.

This was sounded on the occasion of the 36th foundation day of the union which was formed in 1978.

Speaking at a gathering organised in front of a monument built to commemorate the formation of the union near Meghalaya Board of School Education Shillong office here, KSU president Daniel Khyrïem said the stand of the union has not changed with regard to the demand to implement ILP.

Last year, around 13 pressure groups, including KSU, had held a series of agitation to pressurise the Meghalaya government to implement the permit regime under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, to check entry of outsiders into the state.

“Till today, the union has not retreated its stand on the ILP issue and would still continue to pursue till the demand is met,” Khyriem said and asked union members to remain united and continue to fight for the cause of protecting the identity of the indigenous people.

KSU general secretary Auguster Jyrwa said the union was happy especially when past leaders of the union came together to support the issues concerning the indigenous people. The gathering was also attended by former leaders of the union, including former presidents, Michael N. Syiem, Paul Lyngdoh and Samuel B. Jyrwa, who is now the chairman of Northeast Students’ Organisation (Neso), an umbrella organisation of various students’ groups from different parts of the Northeast.

Syiem said the KSU is like a shield to the indigenous community, especially the Hynñiewtrep people.

“As leaders and members of the union, we should be ready to face problems, including arrest, because these would help to strengthen the community. But we should also remember not to harm others and that others should not harm us,” Syiem said.

Lyngdoh, the former union president-turned-politician, said, “As leaders, one should not reward oneself with a medal.”