Meghalaya: District councils against erosion of powers
The state govt had tried to hold municipal elections in Meghalaya, but had to abandon its plans due to strong opposition from organisations who felt the municipalities would erode the power of traditional bodies.
Shillong: Autonomous district councils of
Meghalaya under the banner of Meghalaya Autonomous District
Council Forum on Monday decided to oppose legislations that
would erode the powers and functions of the councils and
subsequently lead to holding of municipal elections.
The state government had tried to hold to municipal
elections in Meghalaya, but had to abandon its plans due to
strong opposition from organizations and traditional bodies
who felt the municipalities would erode the power and
functions of the traditional bodies.
Chief Executive Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District
Council, Pynshngain M Syiem said the state government
recently passed two important legislations - The Draft
Amendment Assam and Meghalaya Autonomous Districts
(Constitution of District Council) Rule 1951 and Draft
Meghalaya Village Councils Act-2011.
"We will oppose these acts, as they would erode the
powers and functions of the councils as enshrined in the Sixth
Schedule of the Indian Constitution," he said.
Pointing the loopholes of the new legislations, Syiem
said the councils would not like to see that the autonomous
bodies would be easily dissolved by the a mere order of the
state government on flimsy ground.
"We strongly oppose the state government in allowing the
Deputy Commissioner to dissolve the autonomous district
councils. The council members have been elected by the
people," Syiem said.