Conrad: NRC in Meghalaya requires thorough debate

SHILLONG, Sep 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma on Wednesday said that the call for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in the state requires thorough debate before it is implemented.

“”We need to look at this from all perspective and take all stakeholders on board,” Conrad said while replying during the “short duration discussion” on NESO’s call for NRC in all north east states.

He also said that there was a need to examine the pros and cons of the NRC-like exercise in the state before implementing it.

“Such an exercise can’t be done overnight its requires huge manpower,” Conrad said.

The Chief Minister also informed that after the Assam government released the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), Meghalaya was kept on high alert.

“I spoke to the state DGP and also to all the Superintendents of Police of the various district personally and asked them to be vigilant,” the Chief Minister told the House.

He also said that subsequently a number of check gates were set up in a number of locations all across the state and asked the authorities to send him pictures while people coming into the state were being checked.

He also said that he has asked the authorities to keep a close watch in terms of new registration in the electoral rolls.

Earlier, taking part in the discussion, Umroi MLA, George Lyngdoh said that NRC is not faultless.

“The genuine indigenous people of Assam did not found their names on it,” Lyngdoh said.

He said that there may be similar cases in Meghalaya if this exercise is carried out since many of the indigenous people may not have proper documents to validate their citizenship.

Meanwhile, oppposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma, said that keeping in mind the fallout of NRC in Assam, there is a need to see that the state is not at the receiving end.

He cited an an instance last year before the Assembly polls in Meghalaya when there were reports of an abnormal increase in enrollment of electorates in certain constituencies.

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