The modalities for enforcing the 2019 Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Ordinance, which allows people to come to the state to register them, are still to be worked out, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma's office said Monday after some inquiries about the ordinance were raised.
Recently, the Conrad cabinet approved the ordinance, which will amend the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016, and the governor's nod is yet to be issued. Anyone who plans to enter Meghalaya for more than 24 hours would have to pre-register according to the ordinance.
In a statement, the office of the chief minister said the order would not extend to state residents, including those belonging to non-indigenous communities.
“The ordinance is applicable only to those visiting the state as tourists, students, laborers or for business transactions. It aims to ensure the safety of all visitors,” the statement added.
The registration process will be designed keeping in mind the convenience of tourists, it said. “It will be a simple registration process with both online and offline options, and will be similar to the one practiced in hotels during check-in,” it said.
The statement said people who want to register would not have to stand in queues.
“The modalities to implement the ordinance have not been finalized and the registration process has not begun. Please ensure that the information you receive about the registration process is from official sources only,” the statement said.
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