Meghalaya Govt to amend MRSSA

Shillong, Mar 12: Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Act (MRSSA), 2016 amendment bill is all set to be tabled in the upcoming budget session.

This decision comes even as Governor Tathagata Roy states that the act is in conflict with certain other central laws and there will be problems in implementing them.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Thursday, Cabinet Minister James Sangma said that among other things, the amendment bill plans to make changes in the preamble of the MRSSA.

Sangma revealed that the word tenants appearing in between the words “regulate the” and “residing” in the preamble of the MRSSA shall be substituted by the words “entry of persons to Meghalaya and also to regulate the tenants or any other persons” and the words, “or any other places” shall be inserted in between “houses” and “in the state”.

He also informed that the second amendment is to section 2 of the MRSSA. “Clause 1 of Section 2 of the principal act shall be substituted by the following ‘relatives or members of family”, he said.

Family would include the 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.

In section 3, of the principal act, the words, “or any other places”, will be inserted in between the words, “houses” and “in the state”.

The other insertion is section 4 (a) which shall be inserted after sub section 2 of 4 namely, “persons to furnish information”.

Replying to questions, Sangma also claimed that state Governor Tathagata Roy’s suggestions have also been incorporated but refused to reveal what those “suggestions” were.

Earlier, the governor had said that there are no rules as such of the MRSSA. Roy pointed out that an act cannot be put in action without certain statutory rules.

“Those statutory rules are not in place, so what would be the point in having the act without the rules. The rules have got to be there and it has to be seen whether the rules are implementable or not. But once again these are matters for the elected government to decide I can merely give suggestions,” Roy said.

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