SHILLONG, August 02: The former legislator who had represented Mawlai constituency in the Assembly, Embhahlang Syiemlieh has expressed his opinion that the demand put forth by the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) for the segregation of Meghalaya’s population along the lines of genuine and non – genuine citizens is the need of the hour.
Opining that there is a need for Meghalaya to conduct an exercise akin to the NRC which was done in Assam, Syiemlieh said that his party, the United Democratic Party, will discuss this issue in depth.
Syiemlieh had led a delegation of the UDP to meet Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday where they impressed upon Tynsong the need to strengthen the infiltration check points in the state.
“The matter will be thoroughly discussed by the central executive committee of the party in a meeting to be held on Tuesday next,” he said after meeting Tynsong.
It may be noted here that the UDP state youth wing in its memorandum submitted to the deputy chief minister urged the government to consider setting up of temporary mechanisms to check infiltration in view of the apprehension that the over 40 lakh people who did not figure in the Assam NRC list may enter into the state.
Also stressing the need to equip all infiltration check points with internet connectivity to facilitate speedy checking, Syiemlieh said, “We have also suggested the government to consider deputing magistrates in the infiltration check points.”
The UDP also asked the government to fast track the process of land acquisition for setting up the required infrastructure for the 13 entry and exit points besides identifying porous areas.
“The authorities should also be instructed to double check identities relating to NRC,” he said while also urging the government to fast track the functioning of the Directorate of Infiltration to address and contain the impending problem of influx.
Meanwhile, Syiemlieh informed that Tynsong has assured the delegation that he would take up the matter with the state government for necessary action.