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Ordinance on registration of visitors with Meghalaya Guv

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Shillong, Nov 13 (IANS) The Meghalaya government has sent the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 to Governor Tathagata Roy for his approval, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Wednesday.

The state cabinet had approved the amendment to the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), 2016 that requires registration of all non-residents, including tourists visiting the state

“We have sent the ordinance to the Governor for his approval,” Tynsong said. Stating that the ordinance is yet to be implemented in the state as the government is still waiting for the governor’s approval, he said the ordinance will be regularized in the next session of the state Assembly.

Tynsong said the state government will also have to redraft the rules for implementing the ordinance. Though, the amendment has led to major concerns among tourists planning to visit Meghalaya, Tynsong, however, said the ordinance is not to restrict people from entering the state but is done for the interest and safety and security of all those who visit the state.

Noting that the amendment was not like the Inner Line Permit (ILP), Tynsong said the Ordinance is aimed at making registration mandatory for non-residents entering Meghalaya.

However, permanent residents of Meghalaya both tribals and non-tribals, as well central government employees and paramilitary forces are not exempted from the registration process.

“But person who is not a resident of Meghalaya and intend to stay more than 24 hours in the state will have to furnish information to the government. This is done for the interest and safety and security of all those who visit the state,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the rules will be circulated to hotels, guest houses and home stays to ensure that people visiting the state are registered with the government.

Maintaining that the ordinance is not to restrict people from entering the state, Tynsong said that people who intend to visit the state as tourists or for other purposes, should come with the knowledge of the government.

Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had also allayed fears and apprehensions about any harassment which may arise out of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.

Sangma said the registration process would be designed keeping in mind the convenience of the tourists.

“We intend to make this registration process a very simple process. There will be four to five to maximum six phases that a person need to enter and once he does that on a mobile phone he will receive a QR code that’s the registration process,” the Chief Minister said.

He said the system of registering may take an individual less than a minute.”It is as simple as a person getting down in the airport and by the time he reaches his vehicle he receives the QR code.

Hotels will simply scan the QR code. There is no question of standing in line or going to the Deputy Commissioners office to get the different type of papers. Everything will be done online,” the Chief Minister said.

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CM should get vaccinated first, says Ajay Kumar Lallu

Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free. CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu on Thursday said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should be the first one in the state to get vaccinated as it will help people get rid of misconceptions about the vaccine.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free. CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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Narendra Modi does not respect the farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Congress demonstrating against farm laws at Jantar Mantar

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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with party workers head towards Raj Niwas, Civil Lines for a gherao in protest against the three farm laws, in New Delhi on Friday. PTI

New Delhi, Jan 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not respect farmers and wants to tire out those protesting against the Centre”s new agri laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged on Friday.

He also said that the talks that are being held with the protesting farmer leaders are part of the government’s delaying tactics.

Farmers will not relent till the laws are repealed, said Rahul Gandhi at Jantar Mantar, where he along with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined party MPs in their demonstration against the legislations.

The former Congress president’s remarks come on a day when the government is meeting protesting farmer unions for the ninth time to break the over-a-month-long deadlock on the three new agri laws.

“The talks are being held only to delay. PM Modi thinks he has the power and will tire the farmers out, but he is mistaken,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters.

“Narendra Modi does not have basic respect for farmers. He does not even care if over 100 farmers die. He thinks he has the power and the protesting farmers will tire out after some days, but they will not relent,” he said.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi since November 28 against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Rahul Gandhi said this agitation has just started and the laws will have to be repealed.

“They (the government) do not know the strength of farmers, they will not relent. PM Modi does not understand this. Had he understood this, the government would have taken back the laws today itself,” he said at the Jantar Mantra where Congress MPs Ravneet Singh Bittu, Jasbir Singh Gill and some other legislators from Punjab have been staging the protest for over a month.

Asked about objections being raised over the proposed tractor rally by protesting farmers on Republic Day, he said, “If farmers want to come out and take out a tractor parade on Republic Day, what is the harm in it.”

“The prime minister misunderstands, he thinks this country is run by four to five industrialists, who control him,” Rahul Gandhi said, adding that the country is run by farmers, labourers and the youth.

He said if anyone “attacks” farmers, it is an attack on the country. The country”s farmers have maintained the country”s independence by ensuring food security and the day food security is lost, the country will lose its independence, Rahul Gandhi said.

“This is a financial issue, not a political issue. PM Modi wants to hand over everything that farmers have to his corporate friends,” the Congress leader alleged.

He also raised strong objections to protesting farmers being dubbed as “Khalistanis”.

Thousands of farmers have come out to protest against the farm laws and “you should not have dubbed them as ”Khalistanis””, Rahul Gandhi said.

Congress MP Bittu had earlier told reporters that it was Rahul Gandhi who had started the protests against the farm laws in Punjab and Haryana and had also undertook a tractor rally.

The Congress is demanding a repeal of the farm laws, alleging that they are against the interests of farmers and farming and are aimed at helping only the “corporate friends” of the BJP.

The three farm laws, enacted in September last year, have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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