SHILLONG, June 15: In a move that will pave the way for the formation of a new Executive Committee (EC) in the Garo Hills Autonomous District (GHADC), the state government has decided to revoke the ‘Administrators Rule’ over the council which has been in place for over two months now.
“We have approved the DCA’s proposal to revoke the notification and also summoning of a special session of the GHADC for electing a new chief executive member (CEM) and constitution of a new executive committee,” Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma informed after a Cabinet Meeting that was held here on Thursday.
Dr. Sangma also said that the state government will accordingly recommend the decision to the Governor for his approval.
It was on April 4 that the Governor of Meghalaya Banwarilal Purohit had imposed Administrator’s Rule in the GHADC and the Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills (SGH) district CV Darlong Diengdoh took over charge of the Council.
This was in the wake of the collapse of the National People Party (NPP) led EC after the former Chief Executive Member (CEM) Denang T Sangma resigned without facing the No-Confidence in the floor of the House on March 30 last.
The NPP led Garo Hills Progressive Alliance (GHPA) in the GHADC was formed after the elections held on October 7, 2015.
Dr. Sangma meanwhile said the date for convening of the special session will be indicated by the Governor.
“The decision was also to give an opportunity to the elected representatives to exercise and fulfill their mandated responsibility as they will have to pass the budget,” he said.
It may also be mentioned that a No-Confidence Motion was brought by the Congress led opposition which strongly opposed the sudden passing of the controversial Garo Customary Bill.
The 29-member House includes 10-NPP, 7-Congress, 4-Garo National Council (GNC), 1-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 1-National Congress Party (NCP), and 5 independents (INDs).
Asked if a non-NPP and non-BJP led EC is expected in the GHADC, the Chief Minister refused to comment and said that will be known only after election of the new CEM of the GHADC.