Boundary row: Meghalaya-Assam CMs to meet again on Saturday

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Shillong, Jan 28: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma will be meeting his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday before meeting the government of India to resolve the boundary dispute.

Sangma was hopeful that both the states will come to a final conclusion during the meeting to resolve the first six locations.

It may be mentioned that on Thursday, the Meghalaya Chief Minister had said that both the states have come to an almost 98 percent agreement on the six “less complicated” areas identified for resolving first.

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Cabinet approves increase of seats in ADCs, traditional heads de facto chairman of Village Councils

Shillong, Jan 28: The Meghalaya Cabinet on Friday approved certain proposals on the amendments to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

Among other things, increasing the number of seats in the three district councils of Khasi Hill Autonomous District Council, Garo Hill Autonomous District Council and Janitia Hill Autonomous District Council and election for the Village Councils were approved.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma informed that in the Khasi Hills and Garo Hills autonomous district councils there will not be more than 40 members out of which not more than four will be nominated and while for Jaintia Hills autonomous district council there will be not more than 32 members out of which not more than two will be nominated.

Sangma also informed that the cabinet has proposed that the village councils will be elected but the traditional heads like the Rangbah Shnongs, Sirdars and Nokmas will be the de-facto chairman.

The Chief Minister said that the secretary as well as the the other members will be elected.

He informed that the proposal has been done after thorough consultation and discussion with all different stakeholders including the district councils.

Sangma said that these suggestions have come from the district councils and accordingly the state government has proposed them to the centre.

The Chief Minister also said that the government has already discussed with the centre and Ministry of Home Affairs and that particular clause will not be there.

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