Lyngdoh committee to get some more time: Meghalaya CM

 Meghalaya government on Friday the committee headed by deputy chief minister Rowel Lyngdoh would be given some more time to start the land acquisition process for developing the already identified 'entry and exit' points to address the issue of influx and illegal immigration.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014, 21:04 PM IST

Shillong: Meghalaya government on Friday the committee headed by deputy chief minister Rowel Lyngdoh would be given some more time to start the land acquisition process for developing the already identified 'entry and exit' points to address the issue of influx and illegal immigration.

"We have agreed to give more time to the committee to complete its exercise within one month," Chief Minister Mukul Sangma told reporters after a meeting with the 13 NGOs demanding for comprehensive mechanism to address issue of influx here today.

The committee headed by the Deputy Chief Minister Rowel Lyngdoh, has been tasked with the responsibility to examine the need to amend if any in respect of felt need to strengthen the existing Provisions of Benami Transaction Act and Tenancy Verification Bill.

The state government has constituted three committees to come up with a comprehensive mechanism to address the issue of influx and illegal immigration in the state and was directed to complete the tasked within two months which already expired one month ago.

Sangma said, "The chairman (Lyngdoh) has expressed the need to further engage with the district council and also with traditional institutions."

According to him, it is appropriate that traditional institutions should also be involved in the process before we ultimately finalize those drafts so that everybody has that sense of ownership of whatever Bill that is being drafted in the best interest of the people.

He however informed that the committee has so far completed the process of discussion at the level of the district administration of various districts.

On being asked, the chief minister said the committee headed by the ADG of Anti-Infiltration Directorate, SK Jain has completed the process of identifying the location for setting up of the propose entry and exit points across the state.

While a total of 18 entry and exit points were identified in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, around 23 were identified in Garo Hills region, the ADG informed in his presentation presented during the meeting.

"From the presentation itself, it is seen to be very exhaustive and comprehensive," Sangma said while informing that he has directed the need to follow up with the land acquisition process in all those identified locations.

"Therefore all necessary measures will be taken up and subsequently, the land acquisition process will start," he said.

However, during the meeting, the leaders of NGOs have also suggested the need to have more entry and exit points in areas under the East Jaintia Hills, North Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi and Garo Hills.

"Few suggestions have come from them (NGOs) and they will further examine if there is any felt need of anymore new additional entry and exit points and accordingly give their suggestions to the committee?s chairman," the CM said.

Asked on the status of the committee headed by the State Chief Secretary P B Warjri, who was entrusted to examine the existing Meghalaya Land Transfer and Regulation Act (MLTRA), Sangma said the committee has completed its exercise and suggested no further amendment.

According to him, the committee stated that the land transfer Act has already inherent mechanism to tackle the issue in the interest of the local indigenous people of the state.