Need to discuss idea of NRC exercise in Meghalaya

SHILLONG, Aug 6: Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Monday said that the government is open to the idea of conducting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.

Tynsong however said that the government was not saying that it was in favour or against the idea which has been demanded by various organisations and even political parties of Meghalaya.

“…not necessarily to say favour or not favour but as I said to you, this is to be discussed. In fact we are open to the idea of our people in the state whatever recommendation or suggestion being made by them,” the Deputy Chief Minister told media persons after holding a discussion with the Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC).

Meanwhile, on the demands of the HYC to implement Inner Liner Permit (ILP) in the state as a measure to curb influx, Tynsong said that it is not necessarily implementing the provisions of the permit system but the government would like to revisit the Meghalaya Residents and Safety Security Act, 2016.

“We are going to revisit again what are the clauses to be incorporated or what are the clauses which needs to be deleted for the interest of the people of our state and that is very important and very clear also,” the Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister said.

Tynsong said that the Act passed in 2016 is very important therefore the government will revisit it so that it can be called an inclusive Act where we ILP will not be needed.

According to Tynsong the Meghalaya Residents and Safety Security Act, 2016 allows the authority to screen and check but there is no mention about giving some document to those people from outside.

“That is why I said we need to revisit it as we need to bring in a comprehensive Act which is may be known as inclusive Act instead of bring again ILP. I think the existing one is good enough except we have to strengthen and incorporating more clauses in this,” he added.

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