SHILLONG, Aug 14: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) in a public meeting held at Motphran today decided to stage a sit-in demonstration on August 21 from 12PM till 5PM in front of the official residence of the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in protest against the adamant attitude of the State government towards their demand to scrap the Ordince, 2015.
Addressing the gathering during the public meeting, Robert Kharjahrin, general secretary of HYC, said, “We have elected them (MLAs) as our representatives in the Assembly to fight for our rights and bring development in our state… but these people are not willing to fight for their own people and so far they have not been able to resolve the border dispute with Assam. They are also uble to put in place a proper mining policy.”
According to him, the elected representatives are indifferent when it comes to uplifting the condition of the people.
Kharjahrin alleged that when the leaders of the organizations met Law Minister R Lyngdoh on August 7 demanding the Ordince to be scraped, he did not even know some of the contents which incorporated in the Ordince.
Questioning the Law Minister, he said, “When he was the one who made and passed the Bill, how it is possible that he is asking from us what is in the bill and what is not in the bill.”
He also said that the government is going against the Sixth Schedule by bringing the Ordince because traditiolly, the administration of villages was being looked after by the District Council and not by the State Government.
“We urge the State government to work for the interest of their own people first and put aside the interest of outsiders,” he said.
Kharjahrin said that according to the Ordince, any tribal or non-tribal, indigenous or non-indigenous person can become a headman and that the candidate does not need to get the consent from the traditiol chief or from the District Council for his candidacy.