SHILLONG, Jul 27: The Chief Executive Memebr (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Hispreaching Son Shylla on Friday shot back at critics who are against amended district council bill.
According to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second amendment) Bill, 2018, a Khasi woman will lose her ST status and all privileges which come with it if she marries a non-Khasi. Her children too will be deemed as non-Khasis.
On Friday evening, Shylla along with the members of the Khasi Hills Democratic Alliance (KHDA) met the State Governor, Ganga Prasad to apprised him about the bill that is awaiting assent.
Speaking to media person soon after the meeting, the newly elected CEM of the KHADC said, “Our legislation is to ensure the protection of the Khasi race from all sorts of exploitation from those who use the present set up for all sorts of gains”.
According to Shylla, the opponents of the bill are those who have no feel of the Khasi blood inspite of the threat that the indigenous community is been facing.
Shylla hoped that the other two district Councils in the state will follow suit.
Teilinia Thankhiew, the lone woman member of the District Council who was part of the delegation to the Raj Bhavan said, “The bill is not against love marriage or any wedlocks between a kahsi or others, our legislation is to check those who are in the use of exploiting the Scheduled Tribe status for benefits.”
A special session of the KHADC is expected o be held soon to rectify any flaws pertaining to the Bill.
The CEM is also expected to meet the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Monday.