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SHILLONG | Oct 25, 2019:
"I am repeating that ILP is only one of the mechanisms. But it is not the only mechanism to deal with the problem of influx and illegal immigration. We need to understand that there are different legislations which empower the State to create those laws to deal with this problem," Sangma said while replying to a question on the demand of a section of the NGOs that ILP should be implemented in the state.
He said that the Government would like to put in place a system where the consent of the Centre would not be necessary. "I think keeping it in the state and trying to achieve the goal would be a much simpler solution. Yes we are with them in terms of the objective but the way we will do it is something which should be discussed and formulating laws that will achieve the same goal at the end of the day. We will be able to achieve it and at the same time we would be able to do it in a much simpler way," Meghalaya CM said.
On the demand of CoMSO that the provision of ILP should be included in MRSSA, he said that to safeguard the interest of the people there is a need to come up with a law which achieves those goals.
"At the same time while keeping the constitutional mandate in mind, we need to keep the entire aspect of the economic activity which goes around acts like these including tourism and other economic activity," Sangma said.
Meghalaya Chief Minister further added that they are trying to balance all these three aspects – achieving our goal, keeping the constitution in mind and ensuring economic activity also continues.
"So balancing all these three things we are coming out with amendments to achieve all the three," Sangma added.