Shillong: Yesterday, the MDCs belonging to the Opposition Congress in the KHADC, led by senior Congress legislator Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh met the Minister, District Council Affairs, James K Sangma and submitted the Memorandum to him.
Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh speaking to media persons after the meeting, said, “from our side we want the Government to first rectify the president’s order of 1950, which says that in the State of Meghalaya there are 50 tribes.”
She further said, “this is the first time a move for amendment is made ever since the institution of the sixth schedule in 1947. Therefore, her party, Congress found many loopholes that needs to be rectified keeping in mind the interest of the Khasi scheduled tribe.”
The submission of this memorandum to the Home Minister of the state is necessitated by the amendment of the sixth schedule moved by the Centre and sent by the Rajya Sabha to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for scrutiny.
The moot point of this memorandum is the worry over the reference to nomination of MDCs for the “unrepresented tribes” in the state. The insertion of this section displays the intention of the Centre to let District Councils also have MDCs from other tribes. The Congress Party opposed to this intention to grant such membership into the Councils. This is the main concern of the memorandum.