State Cabinet decides to re-promulgate three ordinances

Shillong, July 19: The state Cabinet has decided to re-promulgate three ordinances, which could not be passed in the last budget session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly due to the Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year.

After the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister, Conrad K. Sangma on Friday, Home Minister James K Sangma told reporters that Court-Fees (Meghalaya Amendment) Ordinance, Meghalaya Electricity (Duty Amendment) Ordinance and Meghalaya Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Ordinance were approved by the Cabinet.

He said the three ordinances were supposed to be taken up and passed in the last budget session of the state Assembly held in March but could not as the session had to be cut short after the model code of conduct came into force in view of the Lok Sabha polls.

According to him, the validity of the ordinances was only for six weeks from the date of calling the session and their promulgation have ceased.

“As per law, it is required that these ordinances have to be re-promulgated. The matter was discussed and after taking the opinion of the law department, the cabinet has decided to re-promulgate these ordinances with retrospective effect,” Sangma said.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also approved the revision of financial powers in respect to the state officer of the General Administrative Department (GAD).

Sangma said earlier the sanctioning authority of the state officer of the GAD who is in the rank of an Executive Engineer was only up to Rs 1 lakh.

“In line with the sanctioning authority of all executive engineers of the PWD (Buildings) & PWD (Roads), the authority for the GAD’s state officer has been increased to Rs 2 lakh,” he added.