Shillong: The state cabinet approved the amendment to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 on Friday. According to provisions of the amendment, all outsiders visiting the state will now have to do a mandatory registration if they intend to stay more than 24 hours in the state.
Addressing media persons, deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong, said, “The cabinet has approved the draft amendment of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act 2016. It will be in the form of an ordinance. It will come into force immediately, and this ordinance will be regularised in the next session. We will come up with the rules and regulations in a proper manner.”
Tynsong also emphasised that this Act will imply not only to tenants but also to people who will be visiting the state, be it in fields like – education, business purpose or tourists. This has been done for their (outsiders) own interest as well as for the interest of the government and people of Meghalaya. They will be much safer,” he added.
Meanwhile, the cabinet meeting also approved the Amendment of Meghalaya Charcoal (Control of Production, Storage, Trade and Transit) rules 2019.
“The amendment made was that the existing provision in paragraph 8 of this very rule says that source charcoal only from registered producers or from import. Now the proposed amendment and approved by the cabinet is source charcoal only from imports and from outside the state. Charcoal which is produced locally will not be allowed in using in industries,” said Tynsong.
Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) serviced regulation rules 2019, is now in place and operational. While all these years MSPCB serviced regulation was not in place but the cabinet on Friday has approved the draft rules and henceforth it will be in place with its service rules to be operationalised.
The proposal to engage Project Management Consultant (PMC) relating to the implementation of different projects for meeting the national games, which is to be held in 2022, was also approved by the cabinet. The drafted MoU was brought by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs.