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SHILLONG, August, 15, 2017: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma informed that the process of implementing new initiatives to contain influx and illegal immigration is moving forward positively while maintaining that militant activities has been contained to a great extend.
Delivering his address on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day celebrations which was held at Polo Ground on Tuesday, Dr Mukul said that the two Acts passed by the State Legislative Assembly, the Meghalaya Residents and Safety and Security Act, 2016 and the Meghalaya Benami Transaction Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 2016 will be implemented soon.
"We have already notified the Meghalaya Residents and Security Rules, 2017 as promised by the State Government," Chief Minister said adding that the setting up of the facilitation centres at various entry and exit points on the identified locations, which will also facilitate checking the entry of suspicious persons including illegal immigrants into the State, is moving in the right direction.
Moreover, he said that the overall internal security scenario in the State has improved with the launching of successful counter insurgency operations against the militant and terrorist groups by the State police and Central Paramilatary Forces.
"The anti-national elements have suffered serious setbacks leading to large scale arrests, surrender of militants as well as recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunitions. Attempts to float new militants outfit by some misguided youth were foiled in successful operations by the police," Chief Minister said.
Dr Mukul also informed that the State police is keeping a close watch on trans-border movement of terrorists from the neighbouring country and have taken up the issue with the Union Government.
CRIME AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Moreover, Chief Minister said that the issues of crimes against women and children have become a matter of concern and the State Government has taken several steps including preventive measures to deal with this problem.
"Women police stations have been established in the seven districts and the creation of women police stations in the remaining four districts is under consideration," he said adding that a women helpline on 24/7 basis has been set up at the Directorate of Social Welfare.
INTER-STATE BORDER DISPUTE
According to the Chief Minister, the disputed pockets along the Assam-Meghalaya border are being monitored continuously.
"Efforts are on to resolve these disputes at the highest level of both States. A meeting at the level of the Chief Minister was held on April 1 this year and further meetings at the level of the Chief Secretary will take place shortly," Dr Mukul said.
Further, Chief Minister stated that the State Government is committed to complete the remaining to complete the remaining fencing of the international border with Bangladesh at a fast pace effectively, besides other measures, contain illegal immigration of foreign nationals and trans-border movement of militants and anti-social elements.
Earlier, Chief Minister had unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute during the ceremonial parade which was held at Polo Ground.
The helicopter from the Eastern Air Command flew past the parade ground showering petals as soon as the tri-colour was unfurled during the ceremonial programme.
The marching contingents which took part in the Independence Day parade include from the Bharat Scouts and Guides, NCC cadets and the various schools including Loreto Convent, Meghalaya Police Public School, Army Public School, Holy Cross, Little Flower, Assam Rifles Public School among others.
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