Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday said that till date no one from outside the country have applied for citizenship in the state as per as Citizenship Amendment Act is concern.
“Right now we don’t have even a single so called people from outside India who applied for the citizenship in Meghalaya,” Tynsong told reporters in Shillong.
Tynsong further said the state government is still pursuing with the Centre for ensuring Meghalaya is fully exempted from the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)
Tynsong told reporters that the CAA has been exempted from the Scheduled areas of Meghalaya due to the pressure made by the state government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma along with all the political parties of the Northeastern states.
However, the impact of CAA will be seen in the remaining 3 percent which is known as the European Ward in the state.
Tynsong said the state government had already submitted a memorandum on the matter in line with the stakeholders, civil societies, NGOs, Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnongs and Nokmas for exempting the entire state from the purview of the CAA.
“Therefore, we are still pursuing this and we are yet to receive any communication from the Centre,” he informed.
Union home minister Amit Shah recently the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be enforced as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic gets over. Although the controversial law was passed in 2019, the rules on how it is to be implemented have not been framed yet, and the government has said this will happen once the pandemic ends.
Meanwhile, the deputy chief minister further assured that the MDA government is committed to also pursue with the Centre for immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system and inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.