Meghalaya legislators express apprehension over fall out of NRC list in Assam

SHILLONG, Sep 10: Several legislators both from the opposition and the treasury benches on Tuesday has expressed their apprehensions that the rejection of 19 lakh applicants from the NRC list in Assam may see Meghalaya being overwhelmed by such rejects.

The House also took up the issue of women from Meghalaya married in Assam being left out of the NRC list.

Taking part in a short duration discussion during the Autumn session of the Meghalaya Assembly, Congress MLA from Nongpoh, Mayralborn Syiem said that the fall out of the NRC poses danger to the ethnicity of the people of Meghalaya.

“Those that were left out from the list in Assam may come to Meghalaya,” Syiem said.

Leader of opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma said that the NRC process in Assam has drawn the attention of everyone in the country.

Dr Sangma pointed out that the saddest part was that genuine Indians were excluded from the list even as he added that women from outside Assam who got married there were also left out.

The leader of opposition also called out for mechanisms to be put in place so that those discards from Assam do not find their way into Meghalaya.

He called for the immediate implementation of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 and also asked the government to activate the District Task Force to keep a tab on illegal immigrants.

The leader of opposition also said that labour inspectors should operate from the respective block which is not the case now.

Congress legislator from Umroi, George B Lyngdoh said that the rejection of 19 lakh people from the NRC has turned into a humanitarian crisis.

“The outcome will have wide ranging implication if those left out come into the state,” Lyngdoh said.

He also pointed out that even without NRC in Assam and the subsequent apprehension amongst the people of Meghalaya, the demography of tribals have been outnumbered.

Lyngdoh also raised concern over the newly introduced system of the Election Commission allowing a listed voter to introduce a fellow citizen.

“This will prove detrimental for the future of the state,” he said.

Replying to the short duration discussion, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said that soon after he learnt of the matter, he spoke to his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal.

“Both the governments are committed to the issue to see that genuine citizens are not left affected,” Conrad said.

The Chief Minister also sad that the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 has been implemented and the task force has also been created.

He also said that there have been requests from many quarter that the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 be given more teeth.

Conrad pointed out that there needs to be a balance while keeping the interest of the people of the state, a law made by the state should not be in conflict with central laws and as well as genuine citizens of the country who come to the state for valid purposes are not harassed.

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