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CM Conrad Sangma: No Work Permits Required, Unauthorised Checks on Migrant Labourers Prohibited

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Thursday, July 11, 2024
CM Conrad Sangma: No Work Permits Required, Unauthorised Checks on Migrant Labourers Prohibited
Four FIRs Filed Against Organisations for Illegal Checks and Assaults
Shillong: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma announced on Wednesday that four police cases have been registered concerning recent incidents involving the checking of labourers' papers and assaults by various organisations.

Clarification on Labour Permits and Registration
After a cabinet meeting, Sangma clarified that while there is no "work permit" system for migrant workers in the state, there is a mandatory requirement for their registration with the Labour Department. "Contractors employing these labourers are responsible for registering them. Failure to do so incurs penalties," Sangma stated.

Unauthorized Checks and Legal Actions
Sangma emphasized that no individual or organisation is authorized to check the papers of migrant workers. "Anyone engaging in such activities is acting unlawfully, and the police are taking necessary actions," he said. He further informed that four FIRs have been lodged against organisations involved in these illegal checks and assaults.

Ensuring Safety and Data Collection
The Chief Minister highlighted that the mandatory registration of migrant workers is designed to ensure their safety and maintain a comprehensive database of labourers in the state. "This provision is crucial for both the protection of the workers and the management of labour resources," he added.

Inner Line Permit and MRSSA Updates
Regarding the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya, Sangma noted that the state Assembly has passed a resolution, and the matter is now pending approval from the Centre. "The State government is regularly following up with the Centre on this issue," he assured.

On the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA), Sangma explained that the bill had been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) by the Governor and was returned with suggestions for amendments. "We are in the process of amending the bill, considering the MHA's concerns while also safeguarding the interests of the state government," Sangma said.

Commitment to Worker Safety and Legal Compliance
This series of actions underscores the state government's commitment to ensuring the safety of migrant workers and upholding legal standards. By addressing these issues head-on, the Meghalaya government aims to maintain order and protect the rights of all workers in the state.