SHILLONG, Aug 06: Aimed at improving the safety and security of the residents of Meghalaya, the state government has decided to revisit a relevant Act towards this end.
Informing that the government will re – look the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said, “I have told the Law minister that will ask the law department to again revisit the existing Act and come up with the necessary proposed amendment as we wanted to have a very strong Act.”
This is the result of a meeting between members of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), Tynsong and the state’s Law Minister, James K Sangma which was held here on Monday.
The HYC had recently demanded immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) to combat what it has termed as the inflow of influx and illegal immigration into the state especially in view of NRC update in neighbouring Assam.
The Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 was passed by the state government as part of the comprehensive mechanisms to check influx and illegal immigration into the state.
He said what are the clauses to be incorporated or what are the clauses which need to be deleted will be proposed in the amendment for the interest of the people of the state.
Stating that the Act passed in 2016 is very important, Tynsong said, “We are going to revisit and strengthen the existing Act where it can be called as inclusive Act by incorporating some more clauses and where we don’t need ILP.”
“I personally feel if we bring 10 or 20 Acts it is sometimes useless rather I should say it is nice or it is good for even government machineries to implement if we have one Act because the meaning of this existing Act is also the same,” he added.
Pointing out that the fear perception among the people is still there, Tynsong said, “Because in our state immigration is not only illegal immigration alone but we also have migration from different parts of India and they are pouring in and we can’t say don’t but what we are saying here this Act we passed in 2016 we would like to strengthen it further and then hopefully that will serve the purpose of taking care of the indigenous people of the state.”
“We need to revisit it as we need to bring in a comprehensive Act which is may be known as inclusive Act instead of bring again ILP act or whatever I think the existing one is good enough except we have to strengthen and incorporating more clauses in this,” Tynsong said.