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The opposition Congress has reiterated its opposition to any form of amendment to the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security (MRSS) Act, 2016.

“The Congress party demands the implementation of MRSS Act in toto, as moved by the previous Congress-led MUA-II government and it is opposed to any form of amendment in the original draft,” MPCC working president James S Lyngdoh stated.

The statement, issued on Thursday by the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, said: “It (Congress) strongly demands that the original draft must be implemented in letter and spirit without any further wastage of time.”

Lyngdoh said the attention of the MPCC has been drawn into the news related to the proposed amendment to the Act to facilitate registration of visitors, where the position of the Congress party has been distorted.

The news reports came after a discussion with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma.

The chief minister chaired an all-party meeting on Wednesday to seek views and suggestions of different political parties on the proposal to amend the Act.

The meeting was attended by representatives of seven political parties.

It discussed issues related to the proposal to amend the MRSS Act, Citizenship Amendment Bill and the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.

The chief minister said all political parties presented their views and opinions and they have been requested to give their suggestions in writing.

The chief minister said the facilitation centres at the entry-exit points will regulate entry and exit of people from outside.

He said the state government was working on the rules to ensure that the objective of regulating entry and exit of people without causing any inconveniences is achieved.

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