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Views on 6th Schedule submitted to Parliamentary panel

Views on 6th Schedule submitted to Parliamentary panel
January 20
09:05 2020

NET Bureau

Several organisations and political leaders have submitted their views and recommendations to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs constituted on the proposed amendments to the 6th Schedule of the Constitution.

The committee, headed by Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma, was in Shillong on Saturday and held meetings with stakeholders till late in the evening. Among those who met the Parliamentary Standing Committee were Leader of Opposition and senior Congress MLA Mukul Sangma and representatives from the three autonomous district councils of the state.

Sharma, the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, said a report of the committee would be submitted by March this year. He termed the meeting fruitful and added that the views of all the stakeholders have been noted.

Meanwhile, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) – a coalition consisting the National People’s Party (NPP) and other parties in the district councils – submitted a memorandum to the committee.

The coalition said there were loopholes in terms of funding for the district councils. It pointed out that in case of panchayats, there was a provision of the Finance Commission to review the financial provisions of panchayati institutions under Article 243-I. Similarly, for municipal bodies, there is the Finance Commission provision under Article 243-Y.

“In the case of autonomous district council institutions, they are left to fend for themselves,” the UDA said in its memorandum to the committee, requesting it to suggest corrective steps.

The UDA requested the committee to salvage and rescue the autonomous district councils created under the 6th Schedule by extending the coverage of Article 280, in terms of funding, as initiated through the 125th Amendment Bill, 2019.

Stating that the member strength of the council in the Khasi hills should be made 35, the alliance recommended that out of these members, two should be nominated, with one seat reserved for a woman. “These autonomous councils were basically created for the minority tribals of this region. Let there be no departure from their vision, left exclusively for tribals only, to allow them to grow in their own genius , as visualised by our forefathers,” the UDA said.

The alliance, therefore, said that the proposal to accommodate the “unrepresented tribes” only in the Khasi and Garo hills district councils “raises a question of disparity and preposterous angle”.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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