No power to carry out NRC-like exercise, says Conrad ** 223 outsiders detected in Meghalaya
SHILLONG, Sept 10:Days after the publication of National Register of Citizen (NRC) in Assam, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said the state government has no executive power to carry out similar exercise in the state, even as senior Congress leader and former chief minister Mukul Sangma has claimed that the final NRC has left out all the Indian women who had come to Assam as brides from other states of the country. The Congress leader while taking part in the discussion on the issue in the state assembly urged the state government to help those women who were originally from Meghalaya but married to residents of Assam and did not find their names in the NRC. The saddest thing about exercise is genuine Indian citizens have been left out, the leader of the opposition in Meghalaya Assembly said adding that he received frantic calls from such victims in Assam.
In his response, chief minister Conrad K Sangma said that he has spoken to his counterpart in Assam over the exclusion of women hailing from Meghalaya and married in Assam. He said that all field units in the state have been instructed to maintain vigil following the publication of the final NRC in Assam. The chief minister also assured that the state government would put in place mechanisms to protect the interest of the people of the state.
A discussion on the publication of final NRC in Assam and its fallout was initiated in Assembly Congress legislator from Nongpoh, Mayralborn Syiem. The chief minister also raised concern as over 19 lakhs people were excluded from the final NRC in Assam. After the declaration of the final NRC on August 31, the chief minister said that all field units were alerted to maintain strict 24-hour vigil and instructed to conduct checking comprehensively by not allowing anyone coming from Assam without sufficient proof of documents.
“Till date, a total of 223 outsiders were detected, and sent back directly to their place of origin since they could not produce original valid documents. They were advised to bring valid documents as and when they visit the state,” the chief minister said.