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Meghalaya mulls NRC-like exercise

  • Published at 11:43 pm September 27th, 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 Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma, made the announcement in the state’s legislative assembly on Wednesday

The northeast Indian state of will hold an all-party meeting to discuss a National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise similar to the one being carried out in neighbouring Assam. 

The Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma, made the announcement in the state’s legislative assembly on Wednesday.

“The Meghalaya government is contemplating to set in motion a NRC-like exercise in the state but it has called for an all-party meeting to hold prior discussions in relation to the matter,” Sangma said.

Sangma was replying to a discussion on news reports that the demand for conducting an NRC-like exercise in northeast Indian states is increasing.

Opposition leader Mukul Sangma said there had been an “abnormal” increase in the size of the electorate in some areas of the state.

“Keeping in mind the fallout of the NRC in Assam, there is need to ensure that Meghalaya is not at the receiving end,” he said. 

“All the authorities in the state should be activated (and) the government should use some sections of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 for taking action.”

The chief minister said his government is working on a blueprint for the register and that the state has various ways to contain and check illegal immigration to ensure the protection of the indigenous population.

He said India’s railway minister, Piyush Goyal, had informed him that a facilitation centre could be set up to check illegal immigration at Mendipathar, the only railway state in Meghalaya connected with Guwahati.