SHILLONG, March 15: The Pro-ILP pressure groups on Tuesday met Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and his Cabinet Ministers to filize the two bills—Meghalaya (Bemi Transactions Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and Meghalaya Tents Verification and Regulation Bill, 2016 that will be tabled in the ongoing Assembly sessions.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Joe Marwein, president of Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) said, “In relation to the Meghalaya (Bemi Transactions Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 there will be certain amendment with the addition of the word ‘detection’ and hence this Bill needs assent of the President of India.” “There has been some amendments done on the Meghalaya (Bemi Transactions Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with the insertion of the word ‘detection’ and since this is an existing Act of the Government of India that is why it needs to get the assent of the President of India,” he said. He informed that the NGOs have also asked the state government to make changes to the Meghalaya Felicitation Centre and Verification Bill and Regulation of Tents Bill. “The government has assured us that they will change some condition in the bill and later table it in the ongoing assembly budget session,” he said. Meanwhile, KSU president Daniel Khyriem said, “Since the first day we started talks with the government on this issue our stand remains the same and that is to have a proper mechanism to check influx.”