Ampareen wants ‘unrepresented tribes’to be removed from amendment of Sixth Schedule

SHILLONG, Sep 12: Congress legislator from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh on Thursday express her concern over the words “unrepresented tribes” and said that it should be removed from the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.

Raising query during question hour of the ongoing session, Ampareen said that she was concerned about the inclusion of the words “unrepresented tribes” in the amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

In her supplementary question, the East Shillong legislator also wanted to know whom the words refer to.

Replying to the questions, District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister, James K Sangma informed the House that the words refer to those tribes who do not find representation in the autonomous territorial councils.

Sangma also said, “the words referred to those tribes who are in the schedule of tribes in Meghalaya.”

Congress legislator from Umroi, George Lyngdoh however said the words “unrepresented tribes” differed from the stand of the DCA Minister saying that it has to be taken from under the Presidential Order of 1950.

The Umroi legislator urged the house to move for a resolution to amend that order of 1950.

Pointing out that there are 50-60 tribes listed in the Presidential Order of 1950, George said that if the clause applies then a member of the council would have to nominate from tribes across northeast.

In the proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule, it has proposed representation to the “unrepresented tribes” which has been incorporated only in the Khasi Hills Autonomous Territorial Council (KHATC) and Garo Hill Autonomous Territorial Council (GHATC).

Sangma further informed the House that a committee under his chairmanship will take up the various concerns of the civil society organisations, traditional heads and pressure groups and after threadbare consultations will take up these with the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Rajya Sabha.

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