SHILLONG, Feb 6: Veteran politician and regional party leader Martle N Mukhim said that the autonomous district councils should have representatives who can make laws to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people of the state.
“What’s happening today is that the level of governance in the autonomous district councils is degrading. And I am contesting the polls since I want to invigorate this institution,” Mukhim said.
According to him, the autonomous district councils were instituted under the Sixth Schedule to protect the tradition and customs of the indigenous tribes of the state.
“Our job is to strengthen the traditional heads like the chiefs, sordars and similar institutions,” the veteran regional leader said.
On Wednesday, Mukhim filed his nomination to contest the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) from Mawkynrew constituency under East Khasi Hills district.