SHILLONG, May 11: Moving towards the reintroduction of the KHAD (Village Administration) Bill in the House, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has constituted a Committee with the ultimate goal of ensuring that this highly anticipated bill gets the approval of the Governor at the earliest.
It may be noted here that the VAB was passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on July 1, 2014. The Bill was subsequently corrected through corrigenda accepted and approved by the KHADC on May 30, 2015.
However when it was submitted for assent, the Governor had forwarded the Bill to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for examination. The MHA had raised 12-point queries in its letter to the state government after certain conflicting provisions in the Bill was found.
Governor, Ganga Prasad had then returned it with directions for the KHADC to confine future proposals to the provisions of the Sixth Schedule.
This was after the Governor had found that the pitch and substance of the Bill in its present form is beyond the jurisdiction of the District Council which is apparent as per the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs (North East Division) letter dated January 2016.
In this backdrop, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, PN Syiem informed on Friday that the Committee on Village Administration Bill will be headed by the Deputy Chief Executive Member (Dy. CEM) Teilinia S Thangkhiew.
Syiem also said that the Committee will hold meetings with the traditional institutions for their views and opinions on the matter.
“We want to ensure that the Bill is finalized and placed before the next session of the Council so that the same can be submitted to the Governor for his assent,” he added.