KHADC to revive the Boundary Dispute Committee

SHILLONG, May 11: The Boundary Dispute Committee (BDC) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will soon be reconstituted, Chief Executive Member (CEM), Pynshngain N Syiem informed on Friday.

Syiem, said that, the Executive Committee (EC) of the Council decided to revive the Boundary Dispute Committee since people of Meghalaya living along the border with Assam were fed up of the issue which ends up only in dialogue between the governments of the two states.

The CEM said that the committee will be given a three month period to submit its findings to the EC.

“After collecting the documents we will produce it before the Assam government and if the Assam government does not respect the proof and documents provided by us then we will have to sit and discuss on future course of action,” Syiem said.

He also informed that the EC on Friday decided to constitute the Mining and Land Tenure System Committee (MLTSC).

The panel will be headed by Niel Antonio War as Chairman, Hadrian Lyngdoh Executive Member (EM) in-charge land as member and Erwin K Sutnga will be as an advisor.

When asked, he said that the role of the MLTSC is to study the role of the District Council with regards to the mining and land issues.

Regarding the MUDA issue, the CEM said, “The previous government in its proceeding on December 14, 2017, had stated that the building by laws will be implemented by the Council in schedule areas.”

Syiem however pointed out that now with a new government in power in the state the matter will be discussed again with it.

He informed that the EC has decided that the Council along with the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong, a conglomerate of traditional heads will meet on May 14, at KHADC to discuss on this issue and on May 15, they will meet the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma in the presence of the Urban Affairs Minister, Hamletson Dohling to discuss on it.

Meanwhile, the EC meeting on Friday also decided to constitute a committee on Village Administration Bill (VAB).

The committee would be chaired by MDC Teilinia Thangkhiew, HS Shylla, Manstudy Nongrem, Rona Khyndeit, Lamphrang Blah, Erwin Suting as legal advisor.

The EC also unanimously decided to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 proposed by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to grant Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Speaking to reporters after the EC meeting, the CEM said, “We are concerned with this bill and the central government has also constituted the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, and should have sought the opinion and views from the district council.”

He informed that the Council will soon write a letter to the JPC to oppose the bill.

Arguing that the implementation of the bill will be a threat to the indigenous people of the state, Syiem said that the centre should have instead strengthen the Sixth Schedule to protect their interests.

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