It was Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy’s first appearance after he was on leave and Nagaland Governor had taken additional charge as Meghalaya governor Credit: EastMojo

Shillong: Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy showed discontentment over deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong’s comment that his approval was pending for the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA).

Roy said that it was not correct to say that he did not approve the Act that was passed by the MDA government and clarified his stand on why it was pending.

“I have pointed out certain problems with implementing the MRSSA. The problem is because there are clashes with other central laws. There are problems in implementing them. There are no rules as such. An Act cannot be put into action without the statutory rules. Those statutory rules need to be put in place. What would be the point of having the Act without the rules? It has to be seen if the rules are implementable or not,” said Roy.

He further added that these were matters for the elected government to decide adding that he can merely give suggestions.

“If they passed the ordinance in the Assembly by a duly constituted majority and if they send it to me for assent then I have no alternative but to send it back for an observation. But after that, I have no alternative but to give my assent. Rest of the things it is the elected government which will have to face the consequences,” said Roy.

Earlier, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that according to procedure once the ordinance is recommended by the government to the governor and if the ordinance is not approved, the government would have to bring the ordinance to the House for regularising it. And that the norm is that an ordinance will have to be regularised within six months.

The MDA government had approved the amendment of the MRSSA, 2016 in the form of an ordinance to register outsiders coming to the state last year.

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