The Hynñiewtrep Achik Nation Movement (HANM) will meet Assam Chief Minister, Himata Biswa Sarma to seek his help in urging MPs of his state to support three demands of Meghalaya.
HANM President Lamphrang Kharbani said that since Sarma is the “hero of the northeast” the organisation hopes that the state will get the support from the neighbouring state in its demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP), inclusion of the Khasi and Garo Languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and resolve the long pending boundary dispute.
He also said that if necessary a delegation of the HANM will again visit New Delhi to reiterate the need to include Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, implement Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873, as adopted by a resolution in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, and the resolution of the boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.
“We are looking for ways and means to meet all the MPs of the northeast and urge them to support each other for the welfare of the tribals in the region,” the HANM president said.
He said that after their recent demonstration in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi in support of their demands, now it is left to the three MPs of the state – Vincent H. Pala, Agatha Sangma and Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi to vociferously take up the issues in the Parliament.
Kharbani informed that a delegation of the HANM met an official of the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi recently to discuss the issues, who gave them an assurance that these will be taken up by the Ministry.