The Meghalaya government on Tuesday clarified that the registration of visitors has not begun as of now and the modalities of the implementation of the ordinance have not been finalised, days after the Cabinet approved amendments to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 to add more teeth to regulations on non-state residents visiting the state.
“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,” a statement from the Director of the Tourism Department, government of Meghalaya said on Tuesday evening.
“The registration process will be designed keeping in mind the convenience of tourists who are visiting our 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. Make your plans and watch our official channels for further updates,” it added.
The amendments came in the backdrop of demands for an ILP like regime in Meghalaya and concerns, expressed by civil society and political leaders including the chief minister Conrad Sangma, that people excluded from the NRC in Assam might try to enter Meghalaya.
ILP is based on Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act (BEFR), 1873 and it is a special permit that is required by “outsiders” from other regions of India to enter the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.