Shillong, Feb 07:
Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata today has approved the proposal of the State Government to invoke Administrator’s Rule (AR) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
As per the official notification, the Governor has also appointed East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Matsiewdor War as the Administrator of the KHADC in the exercise of the powers conferred by sub para (2) of the Para 16 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
The State Government, on two occasions, had recommended for invoking of Administrator Rule after the UDP led United Democratic Alliance (UDA) was toppled after five members of the ruling alliance voted in favour of the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition Congress. The Governor, on both occasion, had declined to invoke the Administrator’s Rule.
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma had stated that the Governor should take over the administration of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to save the image of the Council.
According to him, instability still exists even now in the KHADC. “This is not a very healthy practice since it is leading to horse trading and creates an unhealthy environment within the council. This needs to be dealt with in a manner which would ensure some sense of stability in the system,” Meghalaya Chief Minister had said.
The decision to invoke AR comes a day after KHADC CEM, Latiplang Kharkongor had allocated portfolios to the Executive Members of the new Executive Committee in the Council. In fact, KHADC Chairman of PN Syiem had fixed the budget session of the KHADC on March 17.
It may be recalled that the Meghalaya High Court on January 28 last cleared appointment of the council members and deputy CEM.
The High Court in its order said the governor of the state does not have any discretion to withhold appointment of executive members, as advice by the chief executive member (CEM).