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SHILLONG | November 20, 2019:

Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy today said that he is examining the ordinance on the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Act, 2016.

“I am still examining the ordinance,” Roy told reporters here today. It may be mentioned that the State Government had send the ordinance to the Governor for his assent last week. The Cabinet on November 1 last had approved the amendments of the MRRSA, 2016 by way of an ordinance to make it mandatory for visitors who visit the State to register with the State Government.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that the implementation of the MRSSA, 2016 is going to happen very shortly.

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“What we require now is to put in place a proper technology for registering of the people who are entering the State. It is going to be a simple technology which will be online. It is a technology where people will not be harassed or need to stand in a line to fill up their forms and register,” Sangma said adding that people can register through their mobile.

He further said that the system will be so smooth that person can register much faster that he or she can book the ticket.

According to Sangma, registration will hardly take 20 to 30 seconds. “The QR code and registration will be send online which is automated. There will be scanners in different locations where individual once they are registered they can inform the Government that they will be coming into the State. This can be done at the entry point and also at the hotel,” Meghalaya Chief Minister said.

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He further said that the development of this technology will take some time. “We are trying to balance out between ensuring the safety and concern of the local people. At the same time, we are also looking to address the concern of the tourist and as well as the business people who comes to the State. Balancing this two is very important that is why we are ensuring that the technology is there,” he said.

When asked on the documents which will be required for registering, he said that they will be asking only basic information adding that the detailed preparation has not been made.

“The information which will be sought are certain ID card, the purpose of the person visit and the duration of stay. This is the basic information which will be sought. But the exact thing will come out later on once we prepare the rules and all the details,” Meghalaya Chief Minister added.

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