SHILLONG, Nov 6 - Meghalaya tourism department has made an appeal to the people visiting the State not to worry about the proposed amendment to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA).
Last Friday, the State Cabinet decided to amend the Act and bring an ordinance that will make it mandatory for non-resident visitors, who intend to stay for more than 24 hours in the State, to furnish identity documents and register with the Government. The proposed system is similar to the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, which is currently in force in Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
The tourism department said that it has received �many queries and concerns regarding the registration process for tourists and visitors coming to Meghalaya�.
�The modalities for implementation of the ordinance have not yet finalised and as of now, the registration process has not begun,� the State tourism department clarified.
It said that the registration process will be designed keeping in mind the convenience of the tourists.
�It will be a simple process with both online and offline options for registration. Meghalaya welcomes all domestic and international travellers,� the department said.
IANS adds: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today allayed fears and apprehensions about any harassment which may arise out of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
�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,� Sangma said.
Noting that the system of registering may take an individual less than a minute, the Chief Minister said, �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.�
Echoing the Chief Minister, Tourism Director CVD Diengdoh stated that registration will be a simple process, which will be similar to registration while checking into a hotel.
�There will be no need to stand or wait in queues when you enter the State. Make your plans and watch our official channels for further updates,� Diengdoh said.