Khasi Hills District (Establishment, Management and Control of Markets) Act to be amended

Shillong, Feb 3: The Budget Session of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will be held from February 26.

Informing reporters after the meeting of the Executive Committee (EC), Chief Executive Member (CEM), Titostarwell Chyne informed that during the Session the Khasi Hills District (Establishment, Management and Control of Markets) Act will be amended.

Chyne said that the Second Amendment Regulation Bill 2021 will strengthen the functioning of the markets which are not yet recognized by the council.

He said that there are many markets under the jurisdiction of the KHADC which are yet to be recognised by the council.

“Through this amendment bill it will be mandatory for all the markets to get recognition from the KHADC before functioning,” the CEM said.

He also informed that in the amendment bill illegal activities like gambling, bars and wine stores in markets places like Iewduh will not be allowed.

“Iewduh is a sacred place (for the Khasis) and through this bill we will streamline the functioning of the markets,” the CEM said.

He also informed that the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Solid Waste Management Bill passed by the council in 2020 was retirned back by the District Council Affairs department for some modifications.

“There are certain parts which had to be modified and the department concerned has done so and it will be sent back to the DCA department,” Chyne said.

The CEM also informed that during the EC meeting there was a decision to amend the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Administration of Elaka) Act.

He said that the proposed amendment bill will strengthen the way cases are decided in disputes between two ‘Himas’ of villages.

“Now the Appellate authority to resolve the issues would be the court and not the Executive Member in-charge Elaka or the secretary,” Chyne said.

The CEM also said that in matters relating to disputes between two villages a Conciliatory Body would be constituted. While on matters of boundary disputes between Elakas or villages a Tribunal will be set up.

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