Govt to meet with GHAD on expansion of powers

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 30: A discussion on the expansion of powers of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) as per the ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ will soon take place when the state government meets leaders of the council.
Informing this here on Friday, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said, “The state government and the GHADC will sit again to review and whether the Council accept those or not and based on that we will move forward.”

Conrad, who chaired a meeting to review the status and implementation of the Agreed Text of Settlement, informed that the previous government had earlier come out with a note a certain areas which were also shared with the GHADC.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg besides representatives of the disbanded militant Garo outfits.
The Agreed Text of Settlement was signed between the Government of India, Government of Meghalaya and the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its breakaway faction ANVC-B on September 24, 2014.
Conrad informed that a detailed discussion on the kind of efforts and steps taken by the state government to implement the agreement was taken up during the meeting.
“There were some concerns expressed by the ANVC members which we have taken note and will be working towards that. It was a very positive meeting and government is committed to move forward and Centre government is also committed to it,” he assured.
Asked on the concern expressed made with regards to the rehabilitation package, Sangma said the process is being done based on guidelines given by the MHA.
“Based on that every individual cadre is looked into and once they fulfil those criteria laid down by the MHA, only then the compensation are given to them,” he said.
He further admitted that there are some cases and said the organization concerned have been asked to make a list of people who they claim have not receive the rehabilitation package. “I have also asked the DGP to look into that aspect and to study it and get back to us on that,” Conrad added.


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