Cabinet minister AL Hek to discuss ILP issue with Amit Shah soon

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Cabinet minister AL Hek to discuss ILP issue with Amit Shah soon

Shillong: Meghalaya Cabinet Minister AL Hek has sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) implementation.
Notably, there is a growing demand for the implementation of ILP in Meghalaya soon, especially before the start of railway operations in the state.
Apart from this, the Meghalaya minister will also discuss the issue of inclusion of the widely spoken Khasi and Garo languages ​​in the state in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
It may be noted that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Shillong on January 19 to preside over a plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC).

Several political leaders, both from ruling and opposition parties, have been demanding inclusion of the Khasi and Garo languages in the eight schedule of the Constitution of India.

Earlier, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma had said that inclusion of languages belonging to different tribes and communities in the eight schedule of the Constitution will strengthen national integration.

Khasi is an Austroasiatic language spoken primarily in Meghalaya by the Khasi people. It is also spoken by a sizeable population in Assam and Bangladesh.

Although most of the 1.6 million Khasi speakers are found in Meghalaya, the language is also spoken by a number of people in the hill districts of Assam bordering with Meghalaya and by a sizeable population of people living in Bangladesh, close to the Indian border.

On the other hand, Garo is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in India in the Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya, some parts of Assam, and in small pockets in Tripura.

It is also spoken in certain areas of the neighbouring Bangladesh.

According to the 2001 census, there are about 8,89,000 Garo speakers in India alone; another 1,30,000 are found in Bangladesh.

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