The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (COMSO) met with Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly, Metbah Lyngdoh, here today on the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) amendment bill.
Lyngdoh is a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP), which, along with the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), have formed the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA), which is part of the coalition government at the helm in Meghalaya.
Stating that the RDA plays a major role in the stability of the government, COMSO Chairman Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the state government cannot think that it has done its job just by passing the MRSSA amendment bill when it needs to be aggressively followed up so that it is turned into law.
“You have passed the bill and the Governor waits for the advice of the council of ministers and it’s the state government’s job to pursue this matter aggressively and get the Governor’s assent,” he said, adding that MRSSA amendment bill is very close to the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the power to implement it lies with the state government after it gets the assent of the Governor.
Lyngdoh told Kharjahrin that the RDA has supported the amendment bill from the beginning, while, on the ILP, the COMSO leader said, “ILP for Meghalaya should not only be the job of the government, but of all 60 MLAs and the MPs of the state, as well as MDCs, who need to put pressure on the government of India to implement ILP in the state.”