SHILLONG, April 18 - The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) has set a May deadline to the Meghalaya Government for setting up the entry-exit points in the State to check influx or face agitation.
FKJGP president, Wellberth Rani conveyed the organisation�s decision adopted at a meeting on Wednesday. The FKJGP is set commemorate its 30th anniversary on May 6 this year. As part of the celebrations, former members like Cabinet Minister AL Hek and others would be invited next month.
�We will have no alternative but launch an agitation if the State Government fails to set up the entry-exit points by May,� Rani said.
Apart from the FKJGP, the State Government has been holding parleys with 13 NGOs of the State on the entry-exit point following their demand to implement the check gates to stop influx.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma himself chaired some of these meetings with the NGOs and assured them that the Government is committed to set up these check gates as soon as possible.
Around the State, 41 locations have been identified where these check gates would come up. In some of the areas work has moved to advanced stages, but in some areas there are issues of land acquisition, manpower and finance.
Rani, however, said, his organisation�s patience with the State Government is running out. The FKJGP said it would consult with other NGOs on the decision it has taken so that they can move ahead together.
The general secretary of the organisation, Dundee C Khongsit said a FKJGP delegation would soon meet Deputy Chief Minister, in-charge Labour, Prestone Tynsong and demand that the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2011 is implemented in letter and spirit.
He said unless the Act is implemented properly inter-State labourers would get themselves enrolled in the electoral rolls of the State. Khongsit added that the manpower of the Labour department has to be increased as the department plays a vital role in protecting the interest of the indigenous people of the State.