Will not compromise Sixth Schedule: Meghalaya CM

Shillong Jan 10: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that it was not true that if ILP is implemented Sixth Schedule will be done away with.

“That is not true at all. There was a simple observation that certain officials and certain political leaders had in Delhi saying that since we have exemption under Sixth Schedule, why would we need exemption under ILP from the CAA. I don’t think at this point this is matter should discussed as there is no question of Sixth Schedule will be removed as it is a protection and privilege given to the people of the state. We are very firm as a government that there is no comprised with the Sixth Schedule,” the chief minister said.

He said that the state government is very firm that “we want ILP to be implemented and that is the reason why we passed the resolution (in the State Assembly). Now we have to move with the government of India. There are challenges and nobody is doubting, but we will try to convince government of India that this is something we required.”

The Chief Minister also informed that the existing Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 would be implemented and he held a meeting with the deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills district and political department where it was decided to speed up the implementation of the MRSSA, 2016.

“The DC has decided to call a meeting of the district task force of EKH and by next week, programmes of sensitization will start on how registration by Rangbah Shnong should be done. We intend to ensure MRSSA is implemented at the earliest in the state,” he said.