Meghalaya CM seeks Rajnath’s mediation on empowering tribals


Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has sought union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s mediation on the two bills passed by two autonomous councils in the state to empower traditional institutions.

Governor V. Shanmuganathan had referred the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Village Administration) Bill, 2014, and the Jaintia Autonomous District Council (Establishment of Elaka and Village Election, Appointment, Powers, Functions and Jurisdiction of Dolloi/Sirdar and Waheh Shnong) Bill, 2015, to the union home ministry for constitutional validity.

Shanmuganathan did that after the Meghalaya High Court order curtailed the powers of the traditional institutions in issuing certificates to people unless empowered by law.

The bills were passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council.

“The chief minister informed the home minister that the perceived delay in the grant of assent by the governor to the two bills has caused a fair amount of apprehension and anxiety among the traditional institutions questioning the intentions of the government,” said a government statement.

Sangma informed Rajnath Singh that few provisions in those bills which were found in conflict with the provisions of the constitution and other central and state laws were discussed with the concerned district councils and accordingly, appropriate modifications in the bills were carried out.

He also sought Rajnath Singh’s intervention on the need to examine quickly the two bills and to convey the home ministry’s views to the governor in order to enable him to take an early decision on grant of assent to the bills so that the institutions can once again work as partners with the government in maintaining law and order and bring in peace and harmony in the State.

The chief minister also discussed law and order issues.

The government statement said Rajnath Singh assured Sangma that appropriate action will be taken in all the issues.