Two pronged approach for 6th Schedule amendment

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sep 08: The three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of the state have failed to reach a consensus with different stakeholders on the issue of the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India and will as such submit separate memorandums in this regard.

The meeting between representatives of the three ADCs and separate organizations here on Friday ended with a decision to file these separate memorandums even as a sub – committee was earlier constituted by the KHADC recently for the purpose of a drafting a common memorandum to be submitted to both the Centre and state governments after taking the views and opinions of all stakeholders into consideration.
During the meeting, it was decided that separate memorandums will be submitted by the three ADCs – KHADC, JHADC and GHADC – and the stakeholders but on condition that the points in the proposals should be in line with each other. 
The decision was taken while taking into account that the Meghalaya Indigenous Tribal Constitutional Rights Movement (MITCRM), a conglomeration of NGOs, traditional headmen and others, is already in the final stage of submitting its memorandum to the Centre.
“We have come to a conclusion that all memorandums to be submitted by the movement (MITCRM) and other NGOs should also be shared with the ADCs and the state government,” KHADC chief Pynshngain N Syiem said after the meeting.
“This is to ensure that the points raised by the stakeholders are also included in the memorandums of the ADCs to be submitted to the Central government and the state government. It (memorandum) will also have the same opinion,” he said.
He said the meeting also resolved that all the memorandums drafted should be in line on what is to be proposed by the three district councils of the state.
According to him, in the next meeting to further discuss the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule, the different views raised by the stakeholders will again be deliberated upon for incorporation in the memorandums of the district councils.
Syiem further maintained that the meeting also unanimously decided to stick on the Annexed Agreement (AA) for the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.
Meanwhile, some of the leaders of the NGOs have expressed their reservation on the decision taken by the meeting on the grounds that a collective voice is required to go to the Centre on the matter.


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