‘Thank you @narendramodiji and @rajnathsinghji for the historic decision...’
Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong have expressed happiness to the Union Cabinet’s decision to amend Article 280 and the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
Soon after the Union Cabinet approved the proposed amendments that needs the consent of the Parliament, Conrad K Sangma took to twitter stating: “Thank you @narendramodiji and @rajnathsinghji for the historic decision to approve constitutional amendment to substantially increase financial resources and other powers of Autonomous Councils in the Sixth Schedule areas of #Northeast.”
State Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong in his reaction echoed similar views by citing that the present government has been at the forefront to pursue the empowerment of the District Councils that should be in line with the aspirations of the people in the State.
The approved bill stated that there will be State Election Commissions for holding elections to the Autonomous Councils, village and municipal councils in the areas of Assam, Mizoram and Tripura. However, Meghalaya has for the time being kept out of the purview of the provision for elected village and municipal councils and one-third reservations for women.
It is well understood that the traditional and civil bodies in the State are against introduction of the panchayat raj and municipal elections due to multiple reasons, a point that has always been shed by the present and preceding governments of the State.
Leader of the opposition and Congress leader Mukul Sangma said in a release, “This is the culmination of an exhaustive exercise by the then State government of Meghalaya with collective efforts and contributions of members of the civil society, the churches and the commitment of the ANVC to restore lasting peace in sync with the aspirations of the people of the state.
Mukul Sangma further stated, it is only appropriate to refresh our mind as how long and how meticulously we had to work to come out with the comprehensive memorandum of settlement leading to the disbanding of the ANVC and ANVC (B).
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