Want full exemption from CAA: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma

Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 11 | Publish Date: 1/11/2020 11:08:06 AM IST

Reiterating that Meghalaya wants full exemption from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma, Saturday rubbished reports that if the Inner Line Permit (ILP) was implemented in the State, the Sixth Schedule would be done away with. “That is not true at all. There was a simple observation that certain officials and certain political leaders had in Delhi saying that since we have exemption under Sixth Schedule, why would we need exemption under ILP from the CAA,” Sangma told reporters.

“...There is no question of Sixth Schedule being removed as it is a protection and privilege given to the people of the state. We are very firm as a government that there is no comprise with the Sixth Schedule,” he added. Meghalaya, which was formed as an autonomous state April 2, 1970 and as a full-fledged state Jan 21, 1972, after being carved out of Assam, is covered by Sixth Schedule provisions of the constitution. 

The chief minister said that the state government was very firm on implementing ILP in the State. “We want ILP to be implemented and that is the reason why we passed the resolution (in the State Assembly). Now we have to move with the government of India. There are challenges and nobody doubts that, but we will try to convince central government that this is something we required,” Sangma said.

Meghalaya Assembly had unanimously passed a government resolution urging the Centre to implement ILP  in the state following the passage of CAA.

“I have spoken to Home Minister Amit Shah. He has told me that as soon as he fixes a date, he will call me and I am hoping to hear from him very soon,” Sangma said. On the contentious CAA, the chief minister reiterated that Meghalaya wants full exemption from the Act.  

Conrad also informed that the existing Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016 would be implemented. Sangma said he held a meeting with DC East Khasi Hills district and political department where it was decided to speed up the implementation of the MRSSA, 2016.

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