Governor returns Village Administration Bill to KHADC

SHILLONG, Mar 27: Governor, Ganga Prasad has returned the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Village Administration) Bill, 2014 which was passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).

It may be mentioned that the Village Administartion Bill (VAB), was passed on July 1, 2014.

While returning the Bill the Governor in his message to the KHADC stated that the pitch and substance of the Bill in its present form is beyond the jurisdiction of the District Council.

He was of the view that the legal and constitutional validity of the KHAD (VAB), 2014, the power of the District Council under paragraph 3 (1) (e), (f), (g) and (j) of the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution of India is limited.

Prasad said, “Therefore, the District Council may also like to consider this position while drafting legislation on Village Administration.”

The Governor also advised that in future proposals be confined to the provisions of the Sixth Schedule.