CSWO, TUR wants govt to properly brief Governor on Khasi Lineage Bill

SHILLONG, Aug 18: The Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) and the Thma U Rangli (TUR) has urged the state government to ensure that due process is followed and that the Governor gets all the inputs and comments required to enable him to study the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council ( Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (second amendment Bill) 2018.

The CSWO and the TUR wants that the Governor be briefed properly in order that he can be able to make an informed decision.

It may be mentioned that earlier this month, Governor Ganga Prasad, returned the Khasi Lineage Bill to the state’s District Council Affairs Department for further examination.

Later, the Executive Committee (EC) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) also decided to recall both the amendment bills of the social custom of lineage act to remove contradictions.

“In fact the people need clarification as to where is the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council ( Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (first amendment Bill) 2015 which proposed among other things, provisions regarding the institutions of dorbar kur and process of appointment of rangbah kur etc,” CSWO president Kharshiing said.

“We need to know whether the first amendment was assented to and if so how is it that the amendments are not reflected anywhere,” Kharshiing added.

She also said that if the first amendment does not exist in law, then how is it that the second amendment is being proposed?

The CSWO president also said that the organizations will not accept any fraud on legislative processes and clerical or numbering error cannot be given as an excuse.

Kharshiing pointed out that had the bill been drafted with due diligence and had wide and transparent consultations taken place, there would be no room for such casual and lackadaisical attitude towards bringing in legislations that will gravely affect a people.

“We also insist that the views of the law department of the state of Meghalaya in addition to those of the district council affairs department , be solicited and all clarifications, views and comments along with the bills should be put up in public domain.” She said.

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