SHILLONG, Sep 06: The National People’s Party (NPP) led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has been urged to release the royalty shares on major minerals which are due to the district councils as per ruling of the High Court.
The three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in Meghalaya, namely the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) had made this when their leaders had met the Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma here on Thursday.
Emerging from this meeting, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, Hispreaching Son Shylla said that the joint delegation of the three CEMs have raised the issue before the Chief Minister during their courtesy visit following his landslide victory in the just concluded South-Tura by poll.
“We have submitted the ruling passed by the High Court in 1993 where it has ordered that the share on royalty should be 60 per cent for the ADC and 40 per cent for the state government,” he said.
Shylla also informed that as of now, the royalty share being released is only 25 per cent for the district councils and 75 per cent for the state government.
“The CM told us that he would go through the ruling of the high court but he did not give any assurance on the matter,” Shylla who is the NPP MDC from Nongkrem constituency however said.
On the other hand, the KHADC chief also informed that the joint delegation has also stressed on the need for a thorough review on the functioning of the district councils and their relationship with the state government.
“The Chief Minister has agreed to have the review meeting after the upcoming Assembly session is over,” he said.
Meanwhile with regards to the various Bills of the three district councils that are lying pending for assent of the governor, Shylla said that the particular issue would also be raised during the proposed review meeting.