M’laya govt to approach Governor on MRSSA

SHILLONG, Dec 10: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Tuesday informed that the Cabinet decided to approach the Governor Tathagata Roy to clear the ordinance on the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) which was approved on November 1.

“As a Cabinet we have also decided to meet Union Home Minister, Amit Shah to urge that more strong measures in different forms that maybe available in different states needs to be taken for the state of Meghalaya also to ensure that more protection can be given to our people and there are many ways the government can do that,” Conrad said.

According to him, the state government will also urge the Home Minister and the government of India as whole that the way they have listened and taken its suggestions into consideration on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill this time also it should listen to the suggestions and recommendations to ensure that more stronger measures are put into place.

“To ensure that measures to counter influx and also to protect our people as whole can be taken up,” the Chief Minister said.

According to him, Tura MP, Agatha Sangma of the National People’s Party supported the CAB in the Lok Sabha on Monday since she felt that adeqyute measures have been taken to protect the interest of the indigenous people of the region in the current bill.

“We have felt that the government have taken the concerns of the northeast seriously, they have put in all these provisions that are going to insulate to a large extent large part of the region. So keeping these factors in mind we feel that government has done its part in addressing a lot of concerns,” the Chief Minister added.

He also said that although the Tura MP has supported the CAB but the state government have been very clear that it wants more provisions to ensure that more insulation is done.

“It need not be done along with this bill but that it can be done in many ways which government of India can give more protection to the people of Meghalaya and the northeast,” Conrad added.

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