Meghalaya wants Centre to extend ID cards to check infiltration

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Shillong, Apr 21 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today said that his government would soon ask the Centre to extend the multi-purpose identity card system in the state to check large-scale influx to the state.

''The infiltration of foreign nationals is matter of concern and extension of multi-purpose card system would help the government in identifying genuine Indian citizens,'' Dr Roy said in response to the debate on the Governor's address.

At present, Meghalaya is excluded from the pilot project of multi-purpose identity card system to be implemented in other states.

The chief minister informed the House that a Cabinet Committee, headed by Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh has been constituted to look into the various aspects related to work permit to migrant labourers.

''We are committed to looking into the problem of influx and will remind the Centre about the need to introduce the multi-purpose identity card system,'' Dr Roy said.

The chief minister said that the government has also instructed the state police to maintain a village registers to record the name of migrant labourers in order to check infiltration.

On creation of new Districts and Sub-divisions, Dr Roy assured the House that the government would garner funds from the 13th Finance Commission for creation of new Districts and Sub Divisions in the state.

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