On the first day of the autumn session of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the Council Tuesday unanimously passed three official resolutions urging the Centre and the state governments to implement the anti-influx laws – Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA).
The resolutions were tabled by the chief executive member (CEM), Titosstarwell Chyne.
“This House urges the Government of India to approve for implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 in the state of Meghalaya as resolved by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on December 19, 2019,” Chyne said.
He said the BEFR, 1873 being one of the regulations included in the United Khasi-Jaintia Hills District (Application of Laws) Regulation, 1952, and that the KHADC had earlier passed a resolution urging the Governor to apply the provisions of the BEFR, 1873 as adopted.
Chyne also said implementation of the BEFR, 1873 will ensure the safety and security of the citizens of the state, it will protect the demographic structure of the tribal population in the state, it will ensure that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 is fully exempted in the state and importantly it will also regulate the influx of immigration into the state.
He further stated it was almost a year after the state government had passed the ILP resolution yet the government of India has not accepted this proposal.
“This was also despite the fact that the union home minister Amit Shah had assured the government delegation to take up the issue after the Christmas celebration last year. One Christmas has gone now another will come, yet the resolution is yet to be accepted by the government of India,” he said.
The KHADC also passed resolutions urging the state government to fully implement the MRSSA, 2016, and MRSS Rules, 2017, and the Governor to give his assent to the MRSS (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
Chyne said the government is also urged to speed up the construction of the facilitation centres at the notified entry and exit points.
According to him, the Council is of the opinion that implementation of the Act and Rules will ensure safety and security to the citizens and also regulate the influx of immigrants into the state.
The MRSS (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed by the state government on March 19, this year and is pending assent by the Governor. Chyne said that Bill is more effective than the original Act.
Participating during the discussion, senior member, Bindo M Lanong remarked this is the first time that a district council is passing a resolution to urge the Governor for his assent to a bill passed by the state government.
He also said in fact the governor has got the limited options and that he should not delay giving his assent as the subject is affecting the tribal people.
Supporting the resolution, former KHADC CEM, Pynshngain N Syiem however said the government seems to lack the political will to address the concern of the people.
“If the government has the political will, it should take up this issue in the House,” he said.
Agreeing with Syiem, Congress leader Ronnie V Lyngdoh said the KHADC passing a resolution reflects the lack of seriousness on the part of the government.
“Eight months have lapsed after the amendment bill was passed in the Assembly. We are surprised at this delay as there seems to be a lack of political will and seriousness on the part of the state government,” he said.
Lyngdoh also stated that the entry-exit points will be meaningless if the state does not have effective laws in place. EOM