Shillong, Dec. 3: The proposed public consultation by the ministerial committee on the draft Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Verification of Tenants Bill, 2013 has been postponed until next year.
The postponement came after the committee had a “salty experience” during the first public consultation on the draft bill with students from different colleges, including those from North Eastern Hill University at U Soso Tham auditorium here on November 20.
“The consultation has been postponed till next year,” community and rural development minister Prestone Tynsong, who is also the chairman of the ministerial committee, said today.
To a question on whether there is a possibility of the government redrafting the bill following stiff opposition from headmen and citizens of the state, Tynsong said the question of redrafting would arise only after completing the consultation process.
“If the majority wants the bill to be redrafted, the government is welcome to do that after the process of consultation. If they (majority) propose another law instead of this draft bill, the government is also open to such an idea,” Tynsong added.
He, however, said at the public consultation on the draft bill, people could suggest an alternative law, which they feel would suit their interests, especially that of the indigenous populace.
After rejecting the demand of 13 pressure groups to introduce the inner-line permit to restrict the entry of outsiders into the state, chief minister Mukul Sangma had proposed a new legislative measure to regulate the stay of tenants as well as houseowners.
The committee, headed by Tynsong, was formed to solicit people’s views on the draft Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Verification of Tenants Bill before enacting it into a law.