SHILLONG, Jan 23: Labelled as a landmark judgement by many, the approval of the Union Cabinet to the Constitutional amendment to increase financial resources and other powers of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the Sixth Schedule areas of North East India has drawn flak from the opposition Congress in Meghalaya.
“The BJP at the centre realized that the region was boiling due to the passing of the Citizenship Bill and to pacify, they have approved the amendments in the Sixth Schedule,” said Opposition Chief Whip, PT Sawkmie.
Pointing out that the State Government for long had been demanding the necessary amendments in the Sixth Schedule but the Central Government paid no heed to the demands for long, Sawkmie said, “BJP realized that their future prospects in the region and in the country will be affected with Lok Sabha elections just around the corner and so the BJP took this decision suddenly”.
Meanwhile, leader of the opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma said that this is the culmination of an exhaustive exercise by the then state government of Meghalaya with collective efforts and contributions of members of the civil society, the churches and the commitment of the ANVC to restore lasting peace in sync with the aspirations of the people of the state.
The ruling MDA also feels that the move is positive and welcomed it.
BJP MLA and Cabinet Minister, AL Hek meanwhile welcomed the move of the Union Government to approve the amendments to the Sixth Schedule.
Another Cabinet Minister, Hamlet Dohling said that the Government would study the details of the decision and the matter will be discussed in the Government.
“We will sit and work out whether this decision will be beneficial for out state or not,” Dohling added.
KHADC to discuss Centre’s move to amend Sixth Schedule
The Union Cabinet’s approval to amend the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India will be discussed in depth by the MDCs of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) when they meet to ponder over the issue on Friday.
Informing this here on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, HS Shylla said that the meeting is to take the views of the members of the district council on the decision of the Centre to approve the amendment of the Sixth Schedule.
“We will discuss what the MDCs think and then will inform the state government of the decision,” he said.
He said discussions will be on whether the MDCs would want to go ahead with the upcoming Council elections or not besides other issues.
It may be noted here that the elections to the two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in Khasi and Jaintia hills region has already been fixed to be held on February 27.