Sixth Schedule Amendment bill: Delegation from Meghalaya meets RS Committee in Delhi

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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.

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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.

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Earlier, spokespersons for MITCRM and member of the committee headed by Sangma, Samuel B. Jyrwa had informed that the committee also agreed that the words "village council" and "municipal council" which have been included in the amendment bill should not apply to the KHADC and JHADC except GHADC.

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Jyrwa had also said that the number of seats in the KHADC should be made to 31 seats, which is an increase by one seats with 29 elected members to the KHADC plus two nominated members including women.

It may be mentioned that as per the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule, the KHADC will be known as the Khasi Hills Autonomous Territorial Council and will consist of not more than 40 members, of whom 36 shall be elected on the basis of adult suffrage. The governor will nominate four members of whom at least two will be women and at least two will be from the unrepresented tribes.