Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma during a meeting with East Khasi Hills DC on Friday. Image: Twitter
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma during a meeting with East Khasi Hills DC on Friday. Image: Twitter

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday discussed at length about the implementation of Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016.

He held a meeting with the health minister AL Hek and East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Matsiewdor War Nongbri in Shillong.

At the same time,  Sangma the union home minister is yet to fix the date for a meeting between the state delegation and him on the issue related to the Inner Line Permit (ILP).

Sangma also maintained that the state would not comprise on Sixth Schedule which has been given to the state under the Constitution of India.

Earlier, there were talks that the Centre may ask Meghalaya to choose between ILP and the Sixth Schedule.

“It is not true at all. There was an observation by certain officials and political leaders in Delhi that since we have an exemption under Sixth Schedule, why would we need exemption under ILP from CAA,” Sangma said.

“The Sixth Schedule is a protection and it is a privilege given to the people of the state. We are very firm as a government that there is no comprise with the Sixth Schedule,” Sangma added.

Sangma said that he had spoken with union home minister Amit Shah and reminded the pending meeting of the state delegation with him on ILP issue.

Shah told Sangma that as soon as the date is fixed, the delegation will be called.

Commenting on ILP and Ordinance that proposed to amend the existing MRSSA, the CM said the state government was moving ahead with the resolution on ILP passed by the state Assembly.

He also stressed on the need to strengthen mechanisms that can protect the interest of the people of the state.

“When mechanisms are in place, we wanted to balance it out by ensuring the protection of our people, and ensure minimum inconveniences to people who visit the state,” Sangma said.

In the meeting, it was further decided to speed up the implementation of MRSSA, 2016.

“Accordingly, DC has decided to call a meeting of the district task force and by next week, programmes of sensitization will start on how registration by headmen should be done,” Sangma added.

“Headmen and stakeholders will be called as they are the people who need to fill up the forms. We intend to ensure that the MRSSA is implemented in the state of Meghalaya,” he added.

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