Having an entry/exit checkpoint at Umling, Ri-Bhoi to keep a check on illegal infiltration into the state defies logic as there are other routes into Khasi Hills that could be used by those determined to sneak their way in, members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) said on the first day of the Winter Session today.
The KHADC also unanimously approved a resolution by Chief Executive Member Titosstarwell Chyne to urge the state government to fully implement the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act 2016 and its 2017 rules at the earliest. It will also urge Governor Satya Pal Malik to assent to the amendment bill of 2020.
On the Umling check gate, Jirang MDC Victor Ranee said that the location of the facilitation centre would not serve any purpose because people can still enter and exit Khasi Hills from Lum Nongrim to Umden Nongpoh or from 20th Mile to Patharkmah.
Instead, he said that the ideal place for a checkpoint would be closer to the border with Assam near the Byrnihat Bridge. Nongpoh MDC Balajied Ranee echoed his colleague’s views.
Chyne said that these views and suggestions will be added in the resolution that will be sent to the government.
The KHADC also approved a resolution to press the central government to approve the implementation of the Inner Line Permit, through the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873, a resolution for which had been passed by the state Assembly last December.
Chyne said that the 1873 regulation will ensure the safety and security of the state’s citizens and protect the demographic structure of the tribal population while regulating influx.
“These resolutions by the KHADC today that support the state government act and rules are justifiable because these laws and mechanisms when implemented will directly impact the remote places of our state first that are under the jurisdiction of the KHADC,” nominated MDC Bindo Lanong stated.