MHA asks Meghalaya Govt to revisit MRSSAB, 2020

SHILLONG, NOV 16: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Home Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday informed that the state government will soon call a meeting with all stakeholders to discuss the letter of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has returned the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Bill (MRSSAB), 2020.

Tynsong has informed this to a delegation of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), which met him today.

Addressing media persons, HYC president Roy Kupar Synrem said that the delegation had sought an explanation from the government on the decision of the MHA and the status of the MRSSAB, 2020.

“During our discussion, the deputy CM has informed us that the MHA has indeed returned the Bill with an observation and a direction that the state government of Meghalaya should revisit the provisions of the Bill,” he said.

“As to what are the provisions that has to be revisited by the government, the deputy CM told us that the MHA has certain reservations when it comes to setting up of entry-exit points or the gates as per the provisions of the Act (becuase such) gates will create incovenience to the visitors or the people who enter the state,” Synrem said.

He said, “Secondly, the MHA has reservation or has put a direction that any Bill or any Act which is made by the state government should not be against or incontravention against any Act passed by the parliament…so they should look into those two aspects.”

The HYC president said that the delegation has requested the deputy CM to provide a copy of the MHA letter so that they can also give suggestions to the government.

Synrem said that the deputy CM has also informed that the state government in the next few days will be calling a meeting with all stakeholders in order to discuss regarding the MHA letter.

“After we get the letter may be we can give a proper suggestion to the government as to how the government should move forward,” he added.

Synrem said that he cannot comment any further on the MHA letter but the demand of the HYC is for the Governor to grant his assent to the MRSSAB, 2020 at the earliest.

“We have made two demands before the government – if you cannot give us ILP, give us MRSSAB but at the same time we understand that the Centre is a bit hessitant to give ILP, so we request the government that the amendment Bill should be passed but as far as we understand right now, the amendment Bill will take time because there should be a discussion as to how it should be streamlined so that the concerns raised by the MHA should not be a problem for the state to implement the Act,” he said.