Meghalaya Resident, Safety and Security Act Approved

Shillong,Aug. 12:  The state cabinet on friday approved the draft Rules for the implementation of the Meghalaya Resident, Safety and Security Act, 2016 passed last year for regulating the entry of people from outside into the state.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting here, chief minister Mukul Sangma said, “We have approved the Meghalaya Resident, Safety and Security Rules, 2017 which will accordingly be notified on August 14.”

Dedicating it to the people of the state, Sangma said, “We are confident as we implement this mandate of Act, the state will be able to definitely address the concern of challenges related to influx and illegal immigration and the issue of ensuring safe and secure environment in the state.”

He said that the Act was a culmination of long drawn due diligence of the government by involving various civil society organizations, which earlier were demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit in the state.

With the notifying of the rules, Sangma said, “Its implementation would ensure much better momentum of growth and development because safe and secure environment is prerequisite for prosperity of the people.”

The chief minister however said that there will no doubt be challenges at the initial stage of implementing the Act but the government will accordingly address all hurdles.

He also made it clear that necessary fine tuning of the rules may be required in the days to come as the government proceed with the implementation.

On the other hand, Sangma said the Act will also be examined by other states of the North East whether it is capable of addressing various concerns particularly the interest of our people regarding the issue illegal immigration and influx.

“I am sure we can look at sharing our experience and see similar kind of format can also be utilized by all concerned,” he said.

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