Meghalaya: GHADC polls postponed due to Phase III of Assam elections
The Meghalaya Cabinet, on Thursday, cleared the proposal to postpone the upcoming election to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), scheduled to be held on April 9, because of the last phase of the Assam elections (Lower Assam), scheduled to be held on April 6.
Owing to the proximity of Lower Assam with the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, managing the logistics will be a challenge, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said.
The polling date of the GHADC will now be held on April 12, while counting will be conducted on April 15 instead of the previously scheduled April 14.
“This has been done mainly because of logistical challenges because of the last phase of the Assam elections scheduled to be held on April 6 in Lower Assam,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma told reporters.
He said that change was necessitated since it will be difficult to have a proper election in terms of logistics like security, manpower and transportation.
Introduction of a new Scheme
The State Cabinet also approved the introduction of a scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment for victims, killed or injured due to incidents of mob violence and lynching in the State.
“This was proposed that if a person loses his or her life in such incidents, an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh will be given to next of kin and, in case of disability, then Rs 1 lakh will be given to the concerned individual and family,” Sangma said.
Amendment in the ICFAI University Act
The Meghalaya Cabinet also cleared the proposal to amend the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University Act, 2005.
“They wanted a change of nomenclature. The amendment is simply restricted to changing the name of the university from the Institute from Chartered Financial Analysts of India University to ICFAI University. Of course, this has to be placed in the Assembly," the Chief Minister said.
(Edited by Iban Mawrie)