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Meghalaya CM considers Assam-like NRC

  • Published at 10:35 pm August 12th, 2018
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File photo: President of the National Peoples Party (NPP) and Chief Minister of Meghalaya state Conrad Sangma attends a swearing-in ceremony at the Governor House in Shillong on March 6, 2018 AFP ,

The chief minister also took on reports about hassles faced by people from Assam entering Meghalaya afterthe publication of the NRC list on July 30 in Assam

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said on Saturday that his government will examine the demands for the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeast Indian hilly state along the lines of the one in Assam.

Sangma spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the launch of “Digital Northeast 2022” at Guwahati, which was released by India’s Electronics and Information Technology.

“There have been demands for an NRC update in Meghalaya. But first of all, our government and the cabinet will have to thoroughly examine the matter. Preserving the rights of the indigenous people is our topmost priority. But the mechanism requires to be debated and discussed before the final solution is reached,” he said.

“The NRC update is a complex issue and all pros and cons have to be weighed before taking the final call,” Sangma added.

The chief minister also took on reports about hassles faced by people from Assam entering Meghalaya afterthe publication of the NRC list on July 30 in Assam.

“Some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) had set up check points in areas of Meghalaya bordering Assam to block the entry of suspected illegal immigrants,” said Sangma.

“The issue has been resolved after we assured the NGOs that the government will take necessary steps to prevent the entry of suspected illegal immigrants from Assam. There has been deep concern in Meghalaya regarding the NRC update publication and its impact on our state. We don’t wish to harass people but stay careful and alert,” the chief minister said.

Following the publication of the NRC update list in Assam on July 30which excluded over 4 million of people from the aforesaid citizenry list, there have been demands in Meghalaya to begin an NRC-like exercise in the state.