HYC threatens to implement its own ILP

Shillong, July 22: The Hynñiewtrep Youths Council (HYC) has decided to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) along with traditional institutions to check influx of people from outside and illegal immigrants.
The HYC made this announcement after Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma and his government did not respond to its demands to implement ILP and other mechanisms to protect the indigenous people.
Infact the HYC had submitted a memorandum in February this year to the government but there was reply from the chief minister and the government to their 14-point demands.
On Saturday, the HYC also requested the chief minister and his ministers to attend a meeting convened by the HYC to discuss on their demand at the Khasi National Durbar Hall, Mawkhar here.
But chief minister and his cabinet colleagues did not turn up.
Speaking to reporters, HYC general secretary, Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the absence of the chief minister and his ministers was an “insult to the chairs and the people.”
He said that the chief minister and his ministers are servants of the people and condemned their refusal to attend the meeting.
Kharjahrin also announced that the HYC would observe black flag protest on July 26 in the city, assemble for another protest near additional secretariat on July 27.
The HYC would again invite legislators from Khasi and Jaiñtia region who are supporting the Mukul Sangma-led government to discuss on its demands.
“We have decided to implement ILP by ourselves along with the Dorbar Shnongs (village dorbars) in order to check influx of outsiders and illegal immigrants,” Kharjahrin said, adding that no immigrants should enter Hynñiewtrep land without getting permission from the traditional heads.
HYC wanted various mechanisms to deal with influx should be implemented such as keeping the cut off year of January 1, 1971, by implementing the state permanent registration act for outsiders who had come and settle in Hynñiewtrep land before January 1, 1971.
Stating that traditional institutions will be taken into consideration Kharjahrin said, “There’s nothing illegal when you do things for the interest of the indigenous people. We have to do this in the spirit of self-defend.”

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