Govt passes ordinance on MRSSA

SHILLONG, Nov 1: The Meghalaya government on Friday approved the draft amendment to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016.

Informing media persons, deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong said, “This amendment of the existing Act in the form of an ordinance will come into force immediately. The ordinance will be regularised in the next session of the state assembly.”

According to Tynsong, the MRRSA passed in 2016 was about the tenant.

“But now we made it applicable not only to the tenants but everyone who is interested to visit our state,” the deputy chief minister said.

He also said that the permanent residents of the state need not worry about the MRSSA.

“It s only for those who come to the state as tourists, labourers for education and business purposes,” Tynsong said.

The deputy chief minister also said that any person willfully fails to furnish information as per the act such a person will be liable to be punished under section 176 or 177 of the Indian Penal Code.

He also informed that central government employees are exempted.

Section 4 (a) states that, any person who is not a resident of Meghalaya and intends to stay for more than 24 hours in the State of Meghalaya should furnish information in the manner prescribed under the rules.

Then the proviso states the above provisions should not apply to person belonging to the Central Government employees, State Government or local authorities.

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