Implement Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016, immediately, says Mukul Sangma



Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma on Tuesday asked the state government to immediately implement the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016.

He said that the Act was a comprehensive way to "deal with various issues", including maintaining the ethnic demography of the state. He said the law, so far, has not required any kind of challenge or judicial intervention.

The High Court of Meghalaya had recently stated that it is prima facie evident that the State of Meghalaya had legislative competency to enact the MRSSA in exercise of powers conferred under the various constitutional provisions. The High Court had also asked the State Government to submit a fresh report to spell out the purpose of establishing facilitation centres as per provisions of the MRSSA, 2016.

“If we make a law and go beyond our legislative jurisdiction, then we are making fun of ourselves", he said. "We are lawmakers. We must know what is within our legislative jurisdiction and which goes beyond it".

Sangma also said that the Act will work to strengthen traditional institutions in a way not previously done under any law, and urged the government to implement "the mandate of this law".

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