By Our Correspondent
Shillong, December 13, 2017: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) are all set to share the same platform to deliberate on the KHAD (Village Administration) Bill 2015, which is lying pending with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Both Dr Mukul Sangma and Syiem will be present in the meeting to be held on December 14 where the traditional heads would also be present.
The decision to convene a meeting with the KHADC and the traditional heads to deliberate on the VAB was taken during the meeting of the Chief Minister with the members of the Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong Ka Bri U Hynniewtrep (SNSBH) which was held at the main secretariat here on Tuesday.
Confirming this, Chief Minister told newsmen after the meeting that he had spoken to the KHADC chief executive member requesting him to attend the meeting to deliberate on whether to recall the KHAD (Village Administration) Bill 2015.
“I have convened the meeting at the earliest since I know everyone will be busy for the elections,” Dr Mukul said.
Reacting to a query, Sangma said that the CEM had expressed that he is willing to attend the meeting as “we are all for the people and he too is also for the people”.
When asked if the Synjuk is trying to act as ‘mediator’ to break the deadlock between and the KHADC CEM and himself, the chief minister however said he welcomes any constructive role to break the barrier for the larger interests of the State.
The chief minister also said that the decision was based on last year’s meeting held between the government and the Synjuk to have a joint meeting with the KHADC so that there will be no room for disconnect.
It may be mentioned here, that the Village Administration Bill was passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in 2015 to empower the traditional institutions and their heads.
However, the Village Administration Bill has been lying pending for approval of the Governor. The former Governor, V Shanmuganathan had instead forwarded the Bill to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which was alleged to be unprecedented.
The MHA after examining the VAB had raised 12-point queries in its letter to the state government. The KHADC on the other hand claimed that it had already submitted the replies on the queries of the ministry to the state government but is yet to get any response.
This has resulted in the VAB hanging fire.