Meghalaya assembly passes amendment to MRSSA

SHILLONG, Mar 19: The state assembly on Thursday passed the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 even as the opposition Congress brought an adjournment motion.

Starting the discussion on the amendment motion, Congress MLA from East Shillong, M Ampareen Lyngdoh expressed dismay at the fact that the amendment seeks to define the relatives of the person who has come into the state.

As per amendment to Clause (i) of Section 2 of the principal act family would mean members of a family and includes husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother , grand-father, grand-mother, grand-son, grand-daughter, step son, step daughter, adopted son/daughter, brother sister of mother or father.

The bill maintains that “every persons” shall not be construed to mean persons who has been residing permanently in the state and includes his or her relative or members of family as defined under clause (i) of section 2 of the Act, Members of Parliament, Members of State Assemblies, members of judiciary, who is employed with state government or the union government, who is employed under a board, corporation, society, organization or agency, partly or wholly owned by the state or union government, professionals like medical practitioners, lawyers, chartered accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, consultants by donor or funding agencies or any other professionals and any other category, class of persons, individuals, which may be notified by the government from time to time.

In his reply, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that in the principal act the father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter were there and the only addition that the current government made were to include the in-laws as family members.

It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 seeks to regulate entry of outsiders and tenants in the state.

The Bill states that every person who intends to stay in the state of Meghalaya for more than 48 hours shall furnish information in the manner prescribed under the rules.

The Bill further stated that any persons who willfully fails to furnish the information or provides false formation as required as per section 4A shall be liable to be punished under section 176 and /or section 177 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

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