Stressing on the need to harmonise the entire nation, Rijiju said that peace should prevail and, local culture should be promoted instead of disharmony.
The government is committed to protect the ethnicity and identity of the people of Northeast, he added.
When asked about the ongoing demand for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) by pressure groups in Meghalaya, the union minister said, "ILP is a political decision," while hoping that no untoward incident happens which would damage the credibility of the region.
It may be mentioned that pressure groups of Meghalaya have been demanding for the implementation of ILP in the entire state to protect the indigenous people of the state and their culture.
The demand for ILP was reignited in December 2019 following the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
A resolution urging the Centre to implement ILP in Meghalaya was also passed by the State Legislative Assembly in December 2019, the matter of which is still lying with the Home Ministry.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)