District level team constituted to check influx in M’laya

The Meghalaya government today constituted a district level team to check influx under the Work Permit System (WPS). “A dedicated team is required to implement work permit for labourers, adding, the state would strengthen the Anti Infiltration Wing of the police department to curb infiltration of illegal immigrants,” Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma told reporters here.

Though, the implementation of the WPS would have huge financial implications, Dr Sangma, said the state government was committed in taking steps to curb influx. The Government had informed that all the 39 blocks of the state would have one Labour Inspector with support staffs whose appointment would be done by a single window agency by October 15.

The task of the labour inspector in each block is to register any labourer or employee coming from outside the state. Meanwhile, the district level team would consist of representatives from the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police’s office. 

The Khasi Students Union (KSU), which had earlier spearheaded many agitations against Bangladeshi migrants, is putting pressure on the state government to immediately implement the WPS. The student body has threatened to launch an agitation if the government fails to introduce the work permit for migrant labourers soon.