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SHILLONG | Nov 28, 2019:

Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy said that he may seek the opinion from legal experts on the ordinance of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016.

“Yes I am currently examining the ordinance. I may seek the opinion of the legal experts on the ordinance,” Roy said while speaking to reporters here today.

When asked how much time he will take, the Governor said, “How long I don’t know as it is not a simple matter. It has several ramifications and I will have to examine them very carefully before I finally arrive at a conclusion”.

When asked if he would seek the opinion of the Ministry of Home Affairs on the ordinance, he said that he would not like to say anything since he is still examining the matter.

Chief minister Conrad Sangma had earlier maintained that the procedural aspect is still going on and that they are hopeful that it will be approved anytime. The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) had also petitioned the state Governor to give his assent to the order of the MRSSA.

The CoMSO also stressed that the ordinance will go a long way in achieving the aims and objective of the Act for the safety and security of the residents of the state besides protecting the demographic structure of the state.

Meanwhile, chief minister Conrad Sangma had asserted that the MRSSA will not affect tourism and that the fear of it is a complete mindset developed in a wrong way.

It may be mentioned that in the absence of any law to safeguard the interest of the indigenous community against the onslaught of unabated influx and the growing demand for Inner Line Permit, the State government had zeroed it down on MRSSA as a mechanism to curb the same.

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