Shillong, July, 19, 2017: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma informed that the State Government will indicate to the Railway authorities to put on hold the construction of the railway line of the Tetilia-Byrnihat railway project till the time the Government is able put in place ‘comprehensive measures’ to deal with the problem of influx and illegal immigration.
“We will ask the Railway authorities to put the project on hold since the Government is expected to put in place the comprehensive measures to deal with the problem of influx in a very short time. The railway authorities can resume the work once the comprehensive measures is put in place,” Chief Minister said while addressing media persons after the meeting with 13 pro-ILP pressure groups at the Main Secretariat here on Wednesday
He said that the Government has taken this decision to dispel any kind of mistrust and misgiving on the commitment of the State Government to deal with the problem of influx and illegal immigration.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has also informed that the Government will come up with rules on the implementation of Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 before August 15.
He however said that before the rules are notified, they will hold another round of meeting with pressure groups to deliberate if there are any flaws which needs to be rectified.
“We will further look to simplify the rules and then take it to the Cabinet to notify the rules. This should happen before Independence Day,” he informed.
While asserting that there cannot be only one just single measure and one single intervention to deal with the problem of influx, he said that the Government requires to come up with a multi-pronge strategy to deal with this problem.
Besides the legislative measures, he said that the Government is setting up the entry and exit points adding that some of the entry and exit points which have been identified will soon be operationalised.
“Some of the entry and exit points would take some time due to delay in the land acquisition process,” Dr Mukul said.
He further informed that the Government have asked for land for setting up of the facilitation centre at the railway station in Mendipathar.
“At the facilitation centre, we will put all the facilities and infrastructure to deal with the issue of influx. The setting up of the entry and exit points it will be a continuous process. All cannot be completed at the same time,” Chief Minister added.