Ordinance on MRSSA sent to Governor for his assent

Shillong, Nov 13: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday said that the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, has been sent to Governor Tathagata Roy for his assent.

“The file has been sent. It must have gone to the Governor by now,” Conrad told media persons after a meeting of the cabinet.

He also said that the state government is processing a technology through which those coming into the state can register themselves.

“We plan to roll out the ordinance once we are ready with the technology for the registration process,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also said that the registration process is a simple procedure.

“It is a registration process. People coming to visit Meghalaya will have to register with the Government. This registration can be done online. We are also keeping the option of pre-registry,” Conrad added.

Earlier this month the Meghalaya cabinet approved the amendment to the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016.

As per the amendment registration of all non-residents, including tourists visiting the state is mandatory.

However, permanent residents of the state both tribals and non-tribals, as well central government employees and paramilitary forces are will not have to register.

State deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong, that the amended act is only for those who come to the state as tourists, labourers, for education and those who come for business purposes.

Tynsong had also said that any person who willfully fails to furnish information as per the Act would be liable to be punished under sections 176 and 177 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

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