SHILLONG, June 1: The Khasi Students Union (KSU), the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) and the all-women KWADDA on Monday demanded that the State Government should scrap the ordince brought in to empower the traditiol heads.
The three NGOs have also demanded that the State government should include the two important sections in the modified KHADC (Village Administration) Bill, 2014.
While speaking to newsmen after a meeting held in the city, KSU president Daniel Khyriem said, “We demand the government to scrap the ordince immediately,” adding “the ordince is full of ‘flaws’ and it will not empower the traditiol institutions, but instead will lower their powers and functions.”
Khyriem also said that this ordince empowers the district administration to interfere into the affairs of the traditiol institutions on refusal to issue certificates, adding, “This will only encroach into the powers of the traditiol institutions and the district council.” According to him, the ordince, if passed, will replace the Residential Bill, which was earlier proposed by the 13 NGOs as part of the comprehensive mechanism to check influx and illegal immigration during the ILP campaign.
Joe Marwein, FKJGP president, said the ordince will instead promote influx and demote the powers and functions of traditiol bodies.
“We demand the inclusion of important sections in the village administration bill passed by council with regards to the issuance of permanent certificates and to check influx,” Marwein said, adding the government should consider adding ‘sub section 8 and sub section 16 of section 5’ in the origil bill before sending it to the Governor for his assent.
Expressing concern on the issue of influx, Marwein said, “Any outsiders who comes to reside in the State for two days, can easily get a residential certificate which is not acceptable.”
The KHADC had removed the two sections based on the suggestions of the State government which had claimed that they come into conflict with the existing laws of the Centre.
On the other hand, Marwein reminded that the VAB was passed last year with the consensus of all the MDCs including those from the PDF when it was in the opposition side. “But the moment they (PDF) are in the ruling, they changed their stand,” he said
Marwein also urged the PDF to also take moral responsibility in ensuring that these important sections to curb influx are included in the bill.