Meghalaya parties for constitutional safeguards

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SHILLONG, Aug 7 (Newmai): The regional political party Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has demanded that the state government of Meghalaya should consider the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and prepare the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Meghalaya.

In a memorandum which was submitted to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma here on Tuesday, KHNAM president, Pyndapborthiaw Saibon said, “the demands made by various pressure groups for implementation of NRC to keep check of illegal immigrants needs to be given due consideration under the presence circumstances.”

Pointing out that it is encouraging to see that the state government is open and ready to discuss the matter, Saibon said, “We are affirmative that the government will be able to implement the NRC in Meghalaya.”

Urging the need to ensure additional forces and additional check gates at all entry and exit points, Saibon said there was a need for the government to issue a direction to the contractors (private and public) to refrain from hiring labourers from outside the state without proper verifications.

UDP seeks to safeguard: Seeking to safeguard Meghalaya from influx and illegal immigration, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has decided to constitute a committee which will come up with a proposal for mechanisms to rid the state of these problems.

“We have decided to constitute a committee to conduct an in-depth study into the problem of influx and illegal immigration in the state,” UDP general secretary, Jemino Mawthoh informed in this regard after a central executive committee meeting of the party which was held here on Tuesday.

Referring to the publication of the final draft of the NRC in Assam, Mawthoh said, “We want to come up with safeguard and control mechanism which is realistic, practical and comprehensive to deal with the issue and the committee will also solicit views and opinions from party workers and other stakeholders before submitting a proposal to the government.”

Stating that the party is open to the idea of a NRC-like exercise in Meghalaya, Mawthoh, however, said that the CEC has also decided to take up the matter with all the partners in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to apprise them of the situation and to take a call in as far as the NRC is concerned.

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