Amendment to Sixth Schedule made to ensure balance between development and traditional customs

Amendment to Sixth Schedule made to ensure balance between development and traditional customs

Shillong, Aug 26: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Thursday said that the Centre is amending the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in order to ensure that there is a balance between aspects of development and aspects of traditional customs and practices of the people in the state.

According to Sangma the government of India will amend the Constitution so as to give financial support to the district councils however this will require certain democratic process which needs to be followed.

The Chief Minister was speaking to media persons after a final meeting held with the CEMs of the three autonomous district councils (ADCs) on the Amendment Bill & suggestions of the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

“We have ironed out our final recommendations in detail for submission to the Committee,” Sangma tweeted.

He informed that the meeting has decided that the government as well as the district councils will asked for the removal of the words “unrepresented tribes” from the proposal recommended by the committee.

Sangma also informed that the government and the ADCs have decided that the houses will have not more than 40 members out of which not more than four members shall be nominated.

“Fifty percent of the nominated members will be women,” Titosstarwell Chyne, KHADC, CEM said.

On the issue of village councils, Sangma informed that in Garo Hills, the Nokmas who are traditional heads will handle issues of land, customary laws and practices.

The Chief Minister said that at the same time from the development point of view in order to ensure that the Finance Commission’s money and funds come in and schemes are implemented, village council elections should be held.

In Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills region, Sangma informed that the government will recommend that village dorbars should continue and elections should be held.

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Sur Na Rilum Jaintia protests killing of Ex-HNLC militant

Shillong, Aug 26: Sur Na Rilum Jaintia (Voice from Jaintia Hills) a conglomeration of pressure groups from the region on Thursday held a public meeting in Khliehriat, East Jaintia Hills district, to protest against the killing of former HNLC general secretary, Cherish S Thangkhiew.

The pressure groups consisted of ENJC, HYC, KSU, JSU, MPUF, UHM and JSM.

They demanded the suspension of the police officers involved in the raid on the residence of Thangkhiew in Mawlai, Kynton Massar on August 13 which led to his killing.

Earlier, the members of the pressure groups took out a rally which concluded with a public meeting held adjacent to the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Khliehriat.

After the public meeting, the protestors took out a car rally from Khliehriat to Jowai, the district headquarters of West Jaintia Hills carrying black flags.

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COVID 19 UPDATES: Meghalaya records 231 new positive cases, 362 recovers, 02 deaths

‘Covid-19 cases in the state could be upto 25 times the numbers recorded’

Shillong, Aug 26: Meghalaya on Thrusday registered 231 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally of active cases to 2,682, the health department said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, the state also records 362 new recovered cases in last 24 hours, with this the total recovered cases reaches 70,841.

02 more succumbs to the infections in last 24 hours, taking total number of fatalities from COVID-19 infection to 1,294 so far.

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