Shillong, Jan 18:

The Parliamentary Standing Committee today met the various stakeholders and members of three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of the State to seek their views and opinions on the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

The five-member Parliamentary Committee headed by Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma met as many as 27 tribal organisations and institutions along with the representatives of the KHADC, GHADC and JHADC.

“We have met the various stakeholders representing various tribal organisations and the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) about their views on the Constitutional Amendment which deals with the district councils,” Sharma told reporters after the meeting.

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Expressing his satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting, he said that the committee hopefully will be able to complete the exercise of seeking the views on the proposed amendment by March before its report to the Parliament.

Meanwhile, official sources reveals that the committee has given ten days time for any organisations and institutions who would like to submit its views on the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.

Meanwhile, KHADC Chairman, PN Syiem said that they want 35 MDCs in the KHADC which should have 2 nominated MDCs including one woman MDC. He also said that they want to maintain their tradition by having village dorbars instead of Village Councils.

TUR member, Angela Rangad and Agnes Kharshiing lamented that they were not given an invitation by the District Council Affairs department for the meeting.

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Rangad, however, said that she has flagged issues about woman representation in the Council to ensure that the ADCs are more inclusive, participatory and democratic as these things are not happening at the ground level.

Meanwhile, Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) in its representation submitted to the Committee has reiterated that the word “unrepresented tribes” should be deleted and that the entire state should be declared as tribal area falling within the purview of the sixth schedule of the constitution.

CoMSO further suggested that the Governor of the state should be empowered to exempt and modify any act of Parliament in the state of Meghalaya.


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