Traditional heads to contribute to proposed 6th Schedule amendment

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sep 07: The proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India will include inputs from the traditional heads of Meghalaya after the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will seek their thoughts on the matter.
“We have decided to seek their views and suggestions for incorporation in the proposed draft memorandum on the matter to be submitted to both the Centre and state governments,” KHADC EM in-charge Elaka Latiplang Kharkongor informed here on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the KHADC had already constituted a sub-committee comprising of representatives from traditional institutions and NGOs, for drafting the proposed memorandum on the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.
Kharkongor said that the upcoming meeting would also discuss in depth on the annexed agreement (AA), Instrument of Accession (IOA) and the Standstill Agreement signed by the Union government with the 25 Khasi states.
“It is here where the inclusion of traditional heads and their views comes in,” he said adding “Since they (chiefs) are signatories of the agreement; we need their views and come out clear whether these agreements are still applicable.”
Stating that there is lack of special provision to protect the interest of the indigenous community, he said due to this, many central acts are made applicable to the state of Meghalaya even without the consent of the traditional institutions and district councils.
He however informed that the traditional heads would also have their share seats in the proposal which proposed to expand the autonomous district council from the present strength of 30 to 40 seats.


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