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By Our Reporter | September 23, 2018

Shillong:

Meghalaya’s Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong has slammed senior Congress leader, Ronnie V Lyngdoh for trying to mislead people by accusing the NPP led MDA Government in the State for trying to bring a Panchayat like system in the State.

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“There is no such move on the part of the Government. It is looks like the senior Congress leader is misinformed on the matter,” Tynsong said here today.

The Deputy Chief Minister told that Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma recently had a meeting with Union Minister, Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to deliberate on the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

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He claimed that Union Home Minister in principle had agreed to the request of the Chief Minister to adopt the three main decisions which was proposed during the meeting between the Union Home Ministry joint secretary, Satyendra Garg and the representatives of the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) which was held earlier this year.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the first decision that was taken in that meeting chaired by him was to incorporate the provisions of the Tenth Schedule in the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.

“The second decision was to increase the number of seats to 40 (35 elected and 5 nominated) in the KHADC and GHADC. The number of seats in the JHADC will be increase to 35,” Tynsong said.

He further added that the third important decision was that the prevailing practices of the traditional institutions in the State should be allowed to continue by way of exempting Meghalaya from putting in place the Panchayati Raj sytem which was practiced elsewhere in India.

Earlier, reacting to media reports, senior Congress leader said that it is shocking to see that Chief Minister during his meeting with the Union Home Minister had agreed to the proposal to bring about necessary amendment to facilitate direct funding of the Sixth Schedule councils from the Finance Commission.

Lyngdoh said that the party would oppose any move by the Centre to amend the Sixth Schedule and bring about Panchayati Raj like institutions and party would opposes it tooth and nail.

“We will not accept the dilution of the Sixth Schedule,” he said while adding that Meghalaya was exempted from the Panchayati Raj system under the 73rd and 74th amendments.

It may be mentioned that the tribal dominated states under 5th and 6th schedules of the Constitution were given option either to introduce Panchayati Raj institutions or to continue with their traditional self-government institutions. All the states of India including 5th and 6th schedule states except Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram had amended their Panchayati Raj Act to accommodate the provisions of the 73rd Amendment Act.

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