Shillong, Jan 11: Reiterating that Meghalaya wants full exemption from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma rubbished reports that if the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is implemented in the State, the Sixth Schedule will be done away with.
“That is not true at all. There was a simple observation that certain officials and certain political leaders had in Delhi saying that since we have exemption under Sixth Schedule, why would we need exemption under ILP from the CAA,” Sangma told reporters on Friday.
“.. There is no question of Sixth Schedule being removed as it is a protection and privilege given to the people of the state. We are very firm as a government that there is no comprise with the Sixth Schedule,” the chief minister added.
Meghalaya which was formed as an autonomous state April 2, 1970 as a full-fledged state on January 21, 1972, after being carved out of Assam, is covered by Sixth Schedule provisions of the constitution. Under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, Meghalaya has three district councils - the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills.
However, the Chief Minister said that the state government is very firm to implement the ILP in the State. “We want ILP to be implemented and that is the reason why we passed the resolution (in the State Assembly). Now we have to move with the Government of India.
There are challenges and nobody doubts that, but we will try to convince central government that this is something we required,” Sangma said.
The Meghalaya Assembly had unanimously passed a government resolution urging the central government to implement ILP under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873, in the state following the passage of CAA.(UNI)