Syiem: ADCs can play role in inter-state border dispute

SHILLONG, Feb 21: Former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Pynshngain N Syiem on Thursday said that this institution was still relevant even as he added that for every issue people have towards the District Council for solutions.

It may be pointed out that Syiem who was the founder of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) recently quit the party and will be contesting the 2019 KHADC polls from Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah constituency on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.

Stating that the District Council needs matured and experienced politicians, he pointed out that the institution can play a role on issues like the interstate boundary dispute with Assam, empowerment of the Rangbah Shnong, MUDA building by-laws, ban on coal mining and issues relating to land.

Speaking on the issue of the interstate border dispute with Assam, Syiem pointed out that the role of the Autonomous District Councils is to collect the land records as well as documents so that Meghalaya can reclaim lands it has lost to Assam even as he said that the state should appeal to the Supreme Court on the matter.

“It’s is high time we go to the Supreme Court and appeal before it. But we should make sure that we have all the evidence and proofs so as to be able to reclaim the lands that Meghalaya has lost to Assam,” Syiem said.

On the Village Administration Bill (VAB), he pointed out that although the then government led Dr Mukul Sangma did send it to the Governor, he instead referred the Bill to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Syiem pointed out that as per Article 163 of the Constitution the Governor is suppose to act on the advice of the state cabinet.

“So here the question arises under which provision did the Governor sent the bill to the Home Ministry?” he asked.

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