Mukul stress on reviving ‘administration of justice’ by ADCs

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Shillong, Apr 29: Stressing upon the need to revive an important component of the Autonomous District Council (ADC) which is the ‘administration of justice’ as provided in Sixth Scheduled of the constitution, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, Saturday laid the Foundation Stone of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) office building Saturday at the office premises of GHADC.
The new building which is a G+3 Planned Building has been sanctioned a fund of Rs 6,93,14,000 for initial construction of the ground floor and the first floor.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Sangma opined that culture and tradition is linked to this component (administration of justice) but observed that the system is completely disappearing with the new generation having no knowledge about it.
He urged the members of the council to share responsibility with far sightedness. He assured that the government will partner even with traditional institutions like district councils and all support and help will be extended by the government.
The CM also shared that the fiscal health of the state has been consolidated and the Finance Commission considers Meghalaya as financially stable however the state government has moved the Asian Development Bank (ABD) for a grant and is embarking on focusing on Education and Health sectors in the first phase and on strengthening the judiciary system in the second phase once the grant is sanctioned.
Dr Sangma announced that the state government has decided to constitute a State Finance Commission which will address financial deficiencies in various departments for a better fiscal position of the state.
Chief Executive Member, GHADC, P.K. Sangma, said that the existing building which is very old cannot accommodate the growing staff and requirements of changing times. He added that the council has come a long way since its establishment in 1952. He further informed that there are no pending salaries of the staff.
Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Tura, Pravin Bakshi, speaking at the function said that the council has a lot of financial, judiciary and executive powers and important legislations which have uplifted the indigenous people of the area economically and socially. He added that such institution which is the 3rd Tier of the government occupies a paramount importance in local governance.
Among others present at the function were Deputy CEM, GHADC, B.N. Marak, Chairman, GHADC, A Sangma, Members of the Council, officials and senior citizens.


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