Prestone Tynsong: Need to Strengthen Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act with Stringent Clauses

Prestone Tynsong
Prestone Tynsong

Staff Correspondent

Shillong: Prestone Tynsong told reporters today that an attempt is on to strengthen the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016 with new incorporations.

The Meghalaya resident’s safety and Security Act, 2016 came into force after a series of discussions with the NGOs who were harping on the introduction of the Inner line permit (ILP) in the state. While the tempo for the introduction of the ILP resurfaces after the publication of the draft NRC in Assam, the Deputy CM stated, “There is no flaw in the enacted law but our endeavor is to make existing regulation more stringent.”

“We would want that more stringent clauses should be added to the existing rules and the law department has been assigned to examine all proposals,” Tynsong said, adding that no time frame has been given to the department concerned.

With the Congress cold shouldered the ILP issue, entry and exit points set up into the state since 2016 to check influx have not provided answers at the desired level. On this issue, Tynsong said that the problems of land acquisition is the main hurdle. “Ri-Bhoi district is the gateway of Meghalya and the land owner who agreed to part with land has retreated. We have to find other appropriate land for the proposed entry and exit points,” he said, adding that the process of completing the same is progressing in Jaintia hills and Garo hills.

The Government has identified around 26 entry and exit points in the entire State. For the first phase, the government is contemplating to complete 12-entry and exit points at the earliest.