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SOMALA takes exception to Acharya's remarks on panchayat system

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

From a Correspondent

Shillong, May 29: The Social Organisations of Meghalaya Against Land Alietion (SOMALA) has termed as “erroneous” the statement of Assam Governor PB Acharya that the “provision of Panchayat System in VI Schedule areas will boost economy”.

Acharya was speaking at the two-day 65th Plery Meeting of the North Eastern Council in Shillong.

“Such erroneous conception has gained so much ground that it has culmited in the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule vide the Constitutiol (One hundred and twenty Amendment) Bill 2015,” SOMALA convener W Anthony said today.

Anthony said that such conception of the Assam Governor is a “pervading conception” in the minds of many administrators and politicians of India.

Anthony also said that the tribals of Meghalaya are not keen in boosting the economy of the State if it leads to annihilation of the tribal way of life without, in the first instance, ensuring safeguarding of their land, tradition and culture.

The SOMALA convener also said that the panchayat system does not provide any safeguard and it is at loggerhead with the philosophy of the Sixth Schedule.

“If past experience is any indication, Meghalaya has apparently developed at the expense of losing its identity. They have lost much land through the system known as the single window agency and through the process of land acquisition and the transfer of those lands to agencies other than tribals,” Anthony said.

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