On Tuesday, the Meghalaya government clarified that the registration of visitors has not started as of now and the procedures for implementing the ordinance have not been finalized, days after the Cabinet approved amendments to the 2016 Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act to add more teeth to the regulations on non-state residents visiting the state.
“The Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Ordinance 2019 require registration of non-residents, including visitors. However, the modalities of the implementation of the Ordinance have not been finalized. As of now, the registration process has not begun. The objective of the Ordinance is to ensure the safety of all visitors,” as mentioned in the statement by the Director of the Tourism Department, Government of Meghalaya said on Tuesday evening.
“The registration process will be designed keeping in mind the convenience of tourists who are visiting our state. It will be a simple process with both online and offline registration options and will be similar to the registration when you check into your hotel. There will be no need to stand or wait in queues when you enter the State. We understand that your time and resources are precious. Meghalaya welcomes all domestic and international travellers who wish to explore our landscapes and experience our culture and traditions. Make your plans and watch our official channels for further updates,” the statement added.
The amendments came in the background of demands for an ILP like the Meghalaya regime and concerns expressed by civil society and political leaders including chief minister Conrad Sangma that people excluded from the Assam NRC might attempt to enter Meghalaya.
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