Meghalaya Legislative Assembly is known for maintaining decorum says Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy

Shillong 13rd March,2020 (MMP) :Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy today lauded the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly for maintaining decorum while conducting the proceeding in the House. Address the House on the first day of the nine-day budget session,  Roy urged all the members to carry forward this laudable tradition and continue to uphold the dignity the August House. The governor emphasized that it is the constitutional mandate of the government to make collective efforts and strive towards socio-economic development and progress in all spheres. Accordingly, the government is making concerted efforts to improve the standard of living of the people of the state through better governance.

      The state government is actively pursuing with the Government of India the matter related to the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime in Meghalaya, he said. The government had passed a resolution in a special session of the assembly on December 19 last year to implement ILP under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 to ensure further protection and safeguard the interest of the people of the state, he said.

     The governor mentioned that the state had witnessed agitation and protests by various NGOs against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and the demand for implementation of the ILP. Overall, agitations against the CAA and demand for ILP were effectively handled by the state police; however, in an unfortunate incident on February 28 last in Ichamati in Sohra Civil Sub-division of East Khasi Hills District, Lurshai Hynniewta succumbed to his injuries following clashes between two groups, he said, adding that the clashes occurred after a meeting organized by the Khasi Students Union on the CAA and ILP.

     The police were swift to take action and eight people were arrested following the incident and a magisterial enquiry has also been ordered. The government has released an amount of 2 lakh rupees as ex-gratia for the next of kin of the deceased and the medical expenses of those injured will also be borne by the government, the governor noted.

      Pointing out that there were also incidents of assault and stabbings in Shillong leading to the death of one person, he said the government has sanctioned 2 lakh rupees to the next of kin of the deceased and that the government will bear the medical expenses of all the injured, who are being treated in Shillong Civil Hospital and private hospitals.

        Stating that the police are investigating all these cases and will ensure that justice is done, the governor said that the government is also deeply concerned about the recent incident of mob lynching in Syntung area as such incidents tend to mar the good reputation of the state as a peace loving tourism destination.

      Appealing to the citizens to refrain from all such acts of violence in the interest of maintaining peace and harmony in the state, he said the government has taken all necessary steps to provide adequate security to all citizens, irrespective of the community they belong to. Protection of life and liberty is a fundamental right our Constitution and the government is committed to take all measures to ensure security and protect the lives of all the citizens of Meghalaya, the governor iterated.

      Maintaining that militancy in the state is “completely under control”, Governor Roy said, with very few cadres based in Bangladesh, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council’s activities are confined to issuing press releases and postings in the social media. The group has also expressed desire to come overground for talks and the government reiterates its stand that the doors are open for dialogue provided they give up their unlawful activities, the governor asserted. MMP


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