Meghalaya: Cabinet to meet next week to discuss proposed amendment to Residents Safety Act

Meghalaya: Cabinet to meet next week to discuss proposed amendment to Residents Safety Act

SHILLONG | April 27, 2019:

Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has not ruled out the possibilities of coming up with the ordinance to approve the proposed amendment to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016.

"The Cabinet will have a meeting next week to discuss about the proposed amendment to the existing Act. Once the Cabinet meets to discuss the issue then we will take a call if there a need to come up with an ordinance," Chief Minister told reporters here today.

When asked on the demand of the opposition Congress to convene a special session for the State Government to clarify their stand regarding ILP and the MRSSA Act, 2016, he said that the Cabinet will meet to deliberate on this issue and based on the discussion, they will decide on how to move forward.

"I want to make it very clear that the protection and interest of the people is a priority for the MDA Government. The Government is working hard to look at all the options and looking forward to ensure that the objective is achieved," he added.

It may be recalled that the Opposition Chief Whip, Process T Sawkmie had demanded that the State Government should convene a special session to come out clear if they would implement the ILP or the MRSSA, 2016.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong had stated that he does not see that it's necessary to convene the special session.

"We can adopt the amendment to the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Act, 2016 in the form ordinance. We can regulate the ordinance in the next Assembly session," Tynsong said.

Reacting to a question on the consistency of the NGOs vis-a-vis ILP, Tynsong said "Why talk only about ILP when the Government is committed to bring a legislation which is more stringent."

"We should understand that ILP is only a name. I am of the view that the name can be anything. But what the NGOs should see on the provisions which are incorporated in the Act," he said.

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