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Chiefs to urge traditiol institutions to discuss important laws

FROM A CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, Feb 22: The umbrella of traditiol heads in the state, Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya, has resolved to urge the traditiol institutions to urgently discuss two important legislations-The Meghalaya Building Byelaws 2011 and The Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Land Development and Building) Regulation 2015.

According to the body of traditiol heads this exercise is part of creating awareness on the various new restrictions and regulations that the people would have to follow including serious responsibilities to the village dorbar shnong and others while ensuring compliance of the new process of village administration.

This resolution was made during their meeting held in the city recently. The chairman 0f the Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya, John F Kharshiing, said that during the meeting those present expressed their anguish as to the lack of concern by the both the MDCs and MLA while legislating such laws in English only without having first putting such a subject before the people.

They expressed concern that both the state and the district council did not bother to ensure the availability of such legislation in the local Khasi and Garo language.

The meeting thus, urged the government and district council to urgently publish the Laws in the local Khasi and Garo language for the benefit of the village chiefs. Those present at the meeting also felt both these laws are in conflict and undermines the power of the Hima to legislate their own Building Bye Laws, as empowered in The Administration of Nongstoin Syiemship  Rules 2006 and The  Administration of Mylliem Syiemship Rules 2015 wherein it has been clearly written that Syiem and Dorbar shall issue “building permission”. The meeting also deliberated upon the strange situation wherein the people are today required to register their land documents “three” times for the same property.

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