SHILLONG: In view of the High Court’s ruling last year barring tribal village chiefs in Meghalaya from issuing NOCs and interfering with the administration, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday constituted a committee for recommending institutionalization of traditional bodies in the state.
Chairing today’s meeting with the representatives and leaders of the villages, durbars, various himas and elakas, the chief minister said that there was a consensus among those who attended which reflected the common objective on the need to institutionalize these bodies and therefore, ‘let’s constitute a small committee to address this issue’.
“There is a need for the right kind of legislation and the ultimate aim is to empower and structuralize the traditional bodies and institutions to ensure the role of these autonomous bodies do not get diluted,” Sangma said.
Seeking response on the membership to the committee within 48 hours, the chief minister also seconded a proposal to make chief adviser to the government D D Lapang to chair the committee.
The chief minister also sought the Chief Executive Members of all the Autonomous District Councils to be members to the committee including one member each from the Opposition.
The Committee was also asked to submit its report to the state government within three months.
It may be recalled that Justice Sen, in his December 10 ruling, had observed that a village/locality headman did not derive any right from law, and rule or from the Constitution of India to issue NOC for the purpose of birth/death or for registration of any document as well as for building permission and obtaining loan.