SHILLONG | Feb 07, 2019:

The Steering Committee of the Dorbar Kur (Clans Meeting) has impressed upon the State Government to put the two important bills passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in the public domain.

The two bills include — Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Customs of Clan Administration) Bill, 2018 and the controversial  KHAD (The Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (First Amendment), Bill, 2018.

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Talking to reporters after meeting District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister, James PK Sangma at his chamber here today, Dorbar Kur steering committee chairman, Khrawbuit Ryntathiang said that they had told the Minister that the clans should be given an oppurtunity to deliberate and discussed on the two bills in detail.

“We had told the Minister that they have nothing against the two bills. But we are of the view that any bill brought by the Council which will affect the clans and the indigenous community should be put in the public domain,” he said.

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The Dorbar Kur steering committee chairman said that there should be no rush to approve the two bills. He said that the delegation had infact met the KHADC CEM Hispreaching Son Shylla to request him to give appropriate time to the clans to deliberate on the draft of the clan bill.

“We had met the CEM on November 13 and we got the copy of the clan bill. But surprisingly, we were given time till November 18 to submit our views. We feel that the time given to us was so short,” Ryntathiang said.

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Stating that that they are not asking to quash the two bills, he said that the only thing they wanted was to allow the clans to deliberate and give their inputs on the two bills.

“There are possibilities that the inputs given by the clans can help to improve the bill,” the Dorbar Kur steering committee chairman said.

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When asked about the response of the DCA Minister, he said that the minister informed the delegation the two bills are being examined by both the Law and DCA departments.

“It is for the Minister concerned to look into our demands,” Ryntathiang said.

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When apprised about the demand made by KHADC CEM to the State Government to pass the two bills immediately, the Dorbar Kur steering committee chairman said that they have nothing to say against the stand of the CEM.

He further stated that they have also urged that the bills passed by the KHADC should be translated into Khasi.



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