After less than a week since the Meghalaya cabinet passed an ordinance making it mandatory for all outsiders to register before entering the state, Meghalaya government has tried to pacify the travellers planning to visit the Northeastern state known for its scenic beauty.
On November 5th, 2019 evening, the Meghalaya tourism CVD Diengdoh issued a statement stating that the “modalities of the implementation of the Ordinance have not been finalized” and that the state “welcomes all domestic and international travellers”.
The Meghalaya cabinet on November 1st, 2019 approved the amendment to Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 that seeks mandatory registration of outsiders for entering the State. The Cabinet stated that the decision was taken in a bid to protect the interest of tribal citizens.
“The Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Ordinance 2019 requires 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 safety of all visitors,” the statement read.
The statement mentioned that the registration process will be designed keeping in mind the convenience of tourists who are visiting the 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,” the statement added.
The Cabinet approved the amendment of the Act in the form of an ordinance. Any person who is not a resident of Meghalaya and intends to stay in the state more than 24 hours will have to register and furnish documents to the Government.
The amendments came in the backdrop of demands for an Inner Line Permit like regime in Meghalaya following publication of National Register of Citizens in Assam.
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