SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Cabinet on Friday discussed the issue of the proposed amendments to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016.
Informing the media after the Cabinet meet, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the proposed amendment to the MRSSA, 2016 (MRSSA) would be brought through an ordinance.
“The amendments that were proposed were discussed in detail and the necessary modifications which the Cabinet felt that needs to be put in those changes are being now proposed. Those amendments and those changes in this new amended Act will now be changed by the department concerned and it will be placed back in the next Cabinet meeting where we will be passing the MRSSA, 2016,” Conrad said.
Replying to a query, he also said that the government is particular to ensure that there needs to be balanced in the entire act.
“…In a manner that is going to ensure that we are going to achieve the objectives and the goals that the government and the State have and at the same time need to ensure there is minimum inconvenience to anybody who is coming to the State,” the Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Cabinet also discussed the issue of the proposed amendments to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
Conrad informed that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had given the State Government a questionnaire on the various aspects of the district councils.
“Reply to the questionnaire has been prepared and that was also discussed in the Cabinet meeting and we will be sending the reply to the MHA,” the Chief Minister said.
According to him, the questionnaire basically relates to the kind of proposed amendments that have been made in the Sixth Schedule and what the State Government feels about them.
Conrad also informed that the Cabinet discussed the various points that the committee headed by District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister James Sangma had with the various stakeholders of the State.
It may be mentioned that the committee headed by the DCA Minister had exhaustive discussion with the different stakeholders in order to take this matter up at the level of the Parliamentary Standing Committee as well as the Home Ministry.
Presently, the amendment of the Sixth Schedule has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Rajya Sabha.