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MEGHALAYA MADE REGISTRATION MANDATORY FOR VISITORS

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Public Administration, Governance [Paper-1]: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and challenges pertaining to Federal Structure, Public Policy and Governance

News

The Meghalaya State cabinet approved the amendment to an act that seeks mandatory registration of outsiders for entering the State.

Need for the Amendment

There was an increasing demand to enhance vigil against influx of non-indigenous people in the hill state, following the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

Amended Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016

  • Meghalaya government approved the amendment of the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016 (MRSSA) in the form of an ordinance.
  • The ordinance, once implemented, will bring into effect inner line permit (ILP) like requirements operational in Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh that require people from outside the state to register before entering.
  • Any person who is not a resident of Meghalaya and intends to stay more than 24 hours in the state will have to furnish information to the government.
  • This is done for their (outsiders) own interest as well as for the interest of the government and people of Meghalaya.
  • The provisions of the act will not apply to employees of the centre, state and district councils.
  • In case of violation, the offender will be liable to be punished under the section of 176 or 177 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860.

Background

MRSSA was passed in 2016 by the then Meghalaya government as a part of the comprehensive mechanism to check influx and illegal immigration into the state after expressing its inability to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP).

[Source: The Hindu, Hindustan Times]

 

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