Village heads oppose omission of two villages


SHILLONG, Feb 14: Village heads of at least two of the eight villages, which were omitted from the newly created sub-division, known as Pynursla sub-division (civil) in East Khasi Hills following a petitioning filed by the village heads before the Government, have now reportedly knocked minister’s door requesting to include the two villages in the new administrative dispensation.

The village headmen of the eight villages earlier had submitted a petition to exclude their villages from the new administrative arrangement.

But two village heads under their respective traditiol chiefs came to the Government, saying it’s a faux pass on their part by signing the petition.

A well placed source said that functiories of two villages –Kenrang and Mawkliaw visited the State Secretariat with a request to include their villages in the new administrative set up. The Pynursla Civil sub-division will be iugurated by the Chief Minister on Wednesday.

Confirming about the development, local legislator and Minister of Border Area Development (BAD) Prestone Tynsong told The Sentinel, “The leaders of a couple of villages met me and I have asked them to submit a petition for consideration”.

“We relieve them from the ambit of the newly administrative set up on the basis of the memorandum submitted to the government. We acted believing that it is the views of people,” he said.  “In fact, It was painful for me to see the memorandum that called for omission when the civil subdivision headquarter is supposedly to be closer to them as per the desire to bring governce to the people”, Tynsong stated. These eight villages are located in Shella constituency with it’s headquarter in Sohra (Cherrapunjee). It takes around one hour to reach Sohara from their villages.

If they have to reach for any official work, the distance is a minimum of ten hours of to and fro.   What prompted the eight of the 130 odd contiguous villages to take the call is something illogical.  On being asked whether politics is at play, over the decision of the villagers, Tynsong refused to comment.