SHILLONG | April 26, 2019:

Amid the growing demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Friday said the Government is serious to come up with a strong legislation to address the concern of the NGOs on the security and safety of the citizens of the State.

“We had told the NGOs that the Government is committed to strengthen the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016. We would like to incorporate provisions of the ILP in the existing Act,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Dy CM has ruled out possibilities of convening a special sessionas demanded by the Opposition.

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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.

He felt that it is not 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 the continuous demand by NGOs to implement ILP in the State, Tynsong said “why talk only about ILP when the Government is committed to bring a legislation which is more stringent.”

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

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister has clarified that there is a misinterpretation with relation to the remarks made by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on ILP being made an issue.

“He (Chief Minister) was trying to say that ILP is only one of the tools. But the MDA Government is looking at the best possible mechanism to address the problem of influx and illegal immigrants in the State,” he added.



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