From Our Correspondent | SHILLONG, November 8, 2018

Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member, Hispreaching Son Shylla urged upon the people to boycott next year’s Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) elections if the state government does not approve the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Bill, 2018 and KHAD (The Inner Line) Regulation, 2018.

“It is pointless to have elections if the Government does not approved the two bills which are critical for interest of the indigenous community,” Shylla said here on Wednesday.

He further said that he will launch a mass campaign to urge the people to boycott the elections if the two important bills passed by the Council does not get the assent of the Governor.

Shylla said that the ADCs were created in order to protect the interest of the indigenous community adding that the mandate of the ADCs was to legislate laws which are in the best interests of the indigenous populations.

“But sadly the government has always adopt a policy to hold the bills passed by the Council without citing any reasons. It is for this reason that the bill passed Council continues to linger in the corridor of the Secretariat,” the KHADC CEM said.

He however said that the tactics of the state government will no longer be tolerated since everyone understands the importance of these two bills.

“We are ready to go to any extent to ensure that the two bills become an Act,” the KHADC CEM said.

Talking about the KHAD (The Inner Line) Regulation, 2018, the KHADC CEM said that the approval of the regulation will mean that the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 for implementation of the ILP system will be applicable within the jurisdiction of the KHADC.

“The ILP is the best option available  to deal with the problem of influx,” Shylla said.

Dwelling on the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Bill, 2018, he said that the bill is very crucial to protect the interest of the indigenous population since it prohibits a Khasi woman from marrying a non-Khasi and also taking the surname of the father’s clan.

He asserted that the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Bill, 2018 to face the same fate as the Act of 1997.

It may be mentioned that the Act of 1997 was passed on March 13, 1997 got an assent only on February 23, 2005.

“We will not want the State Government give the same treatment to these two important bills passed by the council,” he added.



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