SHILLONG: After the recent blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday which left hundreds dead and many injured, the All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organisation (AJYWO) has urged the State government and various village dorbars to be cautious in allowing people from outside to illegally stay in their respective localities.
“The government should wake up and take notice of what has happened in Sri Lanka and take measures to protect the people of the State,” Reachingson Siangshai, AJYWO vice-president said on Sunday.
He added that “the non-seriousness of the government for the past 47 years to implement laws and guidelines on the entry of people from outside especially when it comes to residing in Meghalaya has further put the State in danger.”
Siangshai pointed out that the Jaintia hills — especially the East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya — has seen lots of outsiders residing there.
“I don’t think that the State government or the village dorbars in Jowai, Phramer, Ladrymbai, Khlieriat, Sookilo, Sutnga, and Elaka Narpuh have any information on how many non-tribals are there in these areas or where they came from or even where they are staying and what they are doing in the Jaintia Hills,” the AJYWO leader said.
He said that the government and the political leaders must seriously attend to the burning issues in the State that have been left unattended till now. “No government is serious about taking up the issues affecting the indigenous community of Meghalaya,” he alleged. He further pointeed out that though the ‘Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act-2016’ was framed in 2014, it is yet to be implemented.
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