CM assures to propose amendment in Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016

Shillong, Oct 23: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has assured that the state government would soon bring the proposed amendment of the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016 in the form of an ordinance.

The assurance came after a delegation of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) sought immediate intervention of the Chief Minister for immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to check influx and illegal immigration into the state on Wednesday.

After the meeting, secretary of the CoMSO Roy Kupar Synrem told reporters that the delegation has reminded the chief minister the need to incorporate provisions of the ILP in the proposed amendment of the MRSSA, 2016 before the session of the Parliament, which is scheduled to start from November 18 to December 16.

Synrem said the delegation also expressed concern on the recent statement of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the North East Development Alliance (NEDA) conference held in Guwahati that CAB will not be applicable to states which has ILP system and Article 370 and 371.

The secretary said that the chief minister has assured the delegation to soon convene a cabinet meeting in which the proposed amendment of the MRSSA, 2016 will be brought in the form of an ordinance.

Synrem said that CoMSO will not accept the proposed amendment of the Act if provisions of ILP are not included.

“We have no problem with the name of the Act, and what is important is that it should have the provisions of the ILP which will regulate the entry and stay of outsiders in the state and punish those found of violating the law,” he said.

He said that CoMSO would meet to decide its future course of action if the government failed to insert provisions of the ILP in the proposed amendment of the Act.

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