Sixth Schedule Amendment bill: Delegation from Meghalaya meets RS Committee in Delhi
SHILLONG | OCT 11, 2019:
A three-member delegation of the Meghalaya Government on Thursday held a meeting with members of the Parliament Standing Committee of the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on the amendment bill of the Sixth Schedule to the Indian Constitution.
The three-member delegation of the State Government included two Additional Chief Secretaries- Hector Marwein and Rebecca Suchiang- and Commissioner and Secretary in charge of District Council Affairs (DCA) department, Tining Dkhar.
According to sources, the delegation had urged upon before the Parliament Standing Committee on the stand of the Government on the amendment bill. Sources also revealed that the delegation highlighted before the committee on the need to remove the word 'unrepresented tribes' from the amendment bill in respect with the Khasi and Jaintia Hillls region.
According to sources, the delegation has also impressed upon the committee to remove the words "village council" and "municipal council" which have been included in the amendment bill stating that these should not apply to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) except to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC). During the meeting, the Meghalaya Government also submitted the recommendations on the amendment bill before the Parliament Standing Committee.
Recently, the committee headed by DCA Minister, James PK Sangma had decided to submit the recommendations for deletion of the word 'unrepresented tribes' from the amendment bill.