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Govt mulls meet on Tenancy Bill


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SHILLONG: The controversial Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Verification of Tenancy Bill, 2013, which was earlier rejected by traditional bodies, is back in news again.

The State Government is making a fresh attempt to convince the traditional bodies on this Bill. The government expects to bring an end to the inner-line permit (ILP) saga by introducing the Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Tenants Verification Bill.

The committee headed by Chief Secretary PBO Wajri is contemplating to hold a discussion with the heads of the traditional bodies to seek their views and suggestions on this Bill, revealed KSU president Daniel Khyriem after a meeting of 13 pro-ILP pressure groups with the Chief Secretary here on Monday.

The traditional bodies had rejected the proposed Tenancy Bill even as they had refused to attend the meeting convened by Government to discuss the Bill.

The KSU president said that they told the State Government to ensure that the indigenous people do not come under the purview of this legislation.

“We have also made it very clear that Government should make it mandatory that any person who wants to give his house on rent to people from outside the state will have to secure an NOC from the Dorbar Shnong. The owner should also get the police verification done before giving his or her house on rent,” he said.

Khyriem informed that as per the assurance, the committee is expected to submit its report to the State Government within a period of two weeks.

“We will soon meet the members of the committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh,” KSU president said.

While stating that the NGOs have suggested the setting of the entry and exit points, HNYF general secretary Sadon K Blah said that any people from outside who enters the State without obtaining of the entry permit should immediately tagged as ‘illegal migrant’.

FKJGP president Joe Marwein informed that the committee which has been setup at the level of the Director of Anti-Infiltration to identify ideal locations for setting up entry and exit points in the state has so far identified 17 entry and exit points in the state.

It may be mentioned that the committee headed by the chief secretary is one of the three committees constituted by the government on July 10, to check influx in the state.


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