NEW DELHI, March 16 - Sealing of its border by the Mizoram Government has posed problems for its neighbouring States, with the Assam Government likely to take up the issue with the State Government.
Lok Sabha MP Dr Rajdip Roy on Monday said that the Mizoram Government vide an official notification dated March 12 said that Inner Line Permit (ILP) will be issued stringently and authorities outside the State like the Mizoram House shall refrain from issuing permits for labour and bulk ILPs.
Inner Line Permit issuing authorities of Vairengte, Bairabi, Kolasib districts; Kanhmun, Mamit districts and Khawkawn, Nagopa, Saitual districts shall exercise restraint in issuing ILP, except for essential and unavoidable circumstances.
The notification further said that ILP authorities shall exercise restraint in issuing ILP, except for essential and unavoidable circumstances.
Dr Roy said that the Mizoram Government�s notification has led to a peculiar situation in neighbouring areas like Silchar as the State authorities are not allowing anyone to cross the border and stopped issuing ILP citing the notification signed by the State Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi.
�We are faced with an unusual situation as professionals and salesmen who have regular work are being denied entry and all of them are holed up in Silchar,� Dr Roy said.
The MP said that he had taken up the matter today with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and it was agreed that Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna will take up the matter with his counterpart in Aizawl explaining the odd situation Assam is facing because of the Mizoram Government�s stringent rules, Dr Roy said.
Meanwhile, Dr Roy has written a letter to the Khasi Students� Union alleging that atrocities have been meted out to non-tribals in Meghalaya in the guise of demand for ILP and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests.
Further, he said that there were reports of harassment of passengers travelling via Meghalaya to States like Assam, Tripura and Mizoram on one pretext or the other. He urged the KSU president to initiate steps to stop such atrocities.