Pro-ILP groups tell Govt to speed up check on influx

SHILLONG: Pro-ILP groups, which have been demanding for the implementation of a “comprehensive mechanism” to combat and regulate influx into Meghalaya, have urged the State Government to speed up the process.
“We want the State Government to speed up the process of implementing the mechanism suggested by us one year back,” KSU president Daniel Khyriem told reporters here on Monday.
On April 29, the groups had submitted their suggestions to the government on the need to implement a comprehensive mechanism to combat and regulate influx into the state in line with the  spirit of the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1873.
However, the government has not been able to implement the proposed comprehensive mechanism, which includes setting up of exit and entry points in various parts of the State. FKJGP president Joe Marwein said that the Government should give top most priority to the setting of entry and exit points.
According to him, some districts have already completed the process of identifying the land for the purpose.
In Ri Bhoi, 15 acres of land for an entry point and 3 acres for an exit point at 19th Mile have been identified, he said  adding that the land identified at Malidor in East Jaintia Hills was given free of cost by the people.
According to him, the process to facilitate the setting up of this entry and exit points is now pending with the Director of Land Survey for releasing the land compensation.  “We therefore demand the State Government to direct the Director of Land Survey to clear the land compensation at the earliest,” Marwein said while informing that a delegation of pro-ILP groups would meet the Director on Tuesday in this connection.
Referring to the recent arrest of BNP leader, whose entry into Meghalaya is still a mystery, KSU general secretary Auguster Jyrwa said, “This has brought shame to the State Government which has failed to address the issue of influx coming from the neigbouring country.”

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