SHILLONG, Mar 19: The Government Resolution relating to a notification dated February 7, 2020 which was issued by the Governor, wherein he assumed the Administration of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District, has been approved on Thursday.
The resolution was moved by Hamletson Dohling, Minister in-charge, District Council Affairs during the Budget Session.
According to the notification order, the Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-paragragh (2) of Paragraph 16 of the 6th Schedule of the Constitution of India, assumed to himself the Administration of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District and all functions and powers vested in or exercisable by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council for 6 months with effect from February 2, 2020.
However, the Government Resolution was not discussed in the august house. “I am informed that this matter is in sub judice. It is perhaps not proper for this august house to discuss the resolution,” Meghalaya Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh said.
Replying to question by P.T Sawkmie on who is currently looking after KHADC, the District Council Affairs minister said that the governor has appointed Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, as administrator to carry on the function for administration of the Khasi Hills District Council.
“This order was then revoked by the governor on March 13, 2020, and the revocation will take effect on the election of the Chairman but the High Court in its order dated March 16, 2020 stayed operation of the order. By effect, the administrator continues to exercise the various function of the KHDC,” he said.
Dohling further added that the governor’s order will seize to operate if the order is not laid before the legislature of the state after expiration of 30 days from the date of receiving the order.
“Unless this has been approved by the state legislature. Therefore it has been placed for approval. As the matter is sub judice, perhaps it might not be proper to discuss this resolution,” he said.