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People aren’t restless in Meghalaya on ILP : BJP minister

Shillong, Feb 21 (UNI) Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare minister Alexander Laloo Hek
on Friday said that he did not see any “restless among the people” on the issue of Inner
Line Permit (ILP).
The BJP legislator maintained that he stood by the resolution passed by the state
Assembly to implement it in the state.
“We have taken a collective decision, and I am not giving my personal opinion on the
issue," Hek told reporters .
Asked whether he and the Meghalaya BJP will follow up the ILP issue with the Centre,
Hek that as a minister or party, he is part of the resolution passed by the state Assembly,
and the chief minister is there as the leader to take up the issue.
The state delegation led by chief minister Conrad K Sangma met Amit Shah in New
Delhi on Thursday night and discussed the resolution on ILP passed by the state
Assembly to urge the Centre to implement the ILP system in Meghalaya.
Shah did not give any commitment, but assured to examine the resolution.
Hek clarified that he could not attend the meeting of the state delegation to discuss
the ILP issue with Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday night
because he went to Bangalore for another official meeting.
“I was in Delhi since Monday and waited for the appointment to meet the Union home
minister. Since we could not get the appointment after two days, I have to leave for
Bangalore for an official meeting there," Hek said.
“I did not see people are restless. But I see mixed response of the people (on ILP)."
On the best mechanism to tackle influx problem other than the ILP, Hek said that
strengthening the traditional institution of Dorbar system by empowering the Dorbar
Shnong is the best way to tackle influx problem.
He also said the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) is one of
the laws that can empower the traditional institutions.
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