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Sawkmie asks govt to expedite ILP

Shillong, Sep 15: Mawlai legislator Process T Sawkmie on Thursday urged the state government to bring a resolution to remind the Centre on the demand for the immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.

Raising the issue on the penultimate day of the autumn session of the Assembly, Sawkmie said two years have passed since an official resolution on the matter.

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“I think it will be proper (if the government) brings a resolution to remind the Centre on this issue,” he said while pointing out that Manipur had passed a resolution on ILP three times.

Sawkmie also suggested the government to request the MPs from the state to also take up the matter with the Centre.

In his reply, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the government is awaiting response from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The chief minister said the government has showed its seriousness on the issue by passing an official resolution on December 19, 2019 and submitting the same to the Centre on November 23, 2019.

“Post that, I have also personally followed up with the Government of India and had written two letters to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and a memorandum by the cabinet was also submitted when he came to attend the meeting of the NEC,” Sangma said as he asserted the government’s sincerity.

“Continuous efforts are on from our side. Talks are taking place as the issue requires continuous engagement with the Government of India,” Sangma added.

He also assured that the suggestion of the member has been noted and MPs are taking up the ILP issue with the Centre.

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