Committee formed to look into concerns over proposed amendment to Sixth Schedule

SHILLONG, Aug 29: A committee has been formed to look into the concerns of the indigenous people of the state over the proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule.

This decision was taken on Thursday during a meeting between the state government and the members of the Meghalaya Indigenous Tribal Constitutional Rights Movements (MITCRM).

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, District Council Affairs Minister, James Sangma said that the committee will meet to discuss the concerns of the MITCRM.

“We will discuss their concerns in the committee and later take it up with the select committee,” Sangma said.

He informed that apart from him in the committee, the other members are Metbah Lyngdoh, Hamletson Dohling, the commissioner and secretary, DCA will be the member secretary, three Chief Executive Members of the district councils, the Advocate General and members of the Meghalaya Indigenous Tribal Constitutional Rights Movements (MITCRM) will be co-opted.

The committee will have a month’s time to finish their task.

It may be mentioned that the proposed amendments to the Sixth Schedule is placed in the Rajya Sabha and the bill has been referred to the select committee.

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