SHILLONG, Jan 05: Meghalaya government on Friday directed all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to strictly implement the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act as a counter measure to fight the problem of illegal immigrants.
The direction came after the Assam government had recently released the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Addressing media persons after a cabinet meeting held here on Friday, chief minister Dr. Mukul Sangma said, “The chief secretary has been asked to instruct all the deputy commissioners and other officials to act as per the law without adding to the complexities that the neighboring state is facing.”
According to him, the law that has been put in place will be aggressively implemented on people coming from outside to know their origin and their intent to enter and stay in the state.
He informed that the steps taken by the government was in view of the developments in neighboring state of Assam.
Meanwhile, the chief minister also slammed the BJP led NDA government at the centre over the citizenship legislation.
Terming that Centre’s Act as dangerous, Dr. Sangma said it will only act as a facilitator for further migration from Bangladesh.
“The Union Government wanted to legalize illegal immigration that will in turn, affect the ethnic groups of the North east,” he said.
“These illegal immigrants will not go to Rajasthan or Punjab but will blend with the existing population in our north eastern states”, stated Dr. Sangma, even as he added that ‘this non inclusive legislation cannot be accepted at all because the vulnerable ethnic groups of the region were never considered.”