Shillong: The Chairman Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) bah Pynshngain N Syiem pointed the insertion of “other tribes” in the Presidential Order (PO) 1950 is an error from day one when Meghalaya got statehood. The error is due to a copy and paste like situation from erstwhile United Assam province.
It may be noted that both the KHADC and the state government have agreed to write to the Centre requesting the deletion of the tag “representation from other tribes” from the presidential order as the preparation is going on for the Sixth Schedule amendment.
Speaking to media persons yesterday Bah Pynshngain said that the insertion was just copied from erstwhile Assam without any modification or removal when statehood is granted via North East Re-organisation Act 1971. Therefore, it requires a Parliament resolution to remove it today.
He says, “Till date there are about 50 other tribes in the category inserted in the Presidential Order 1950 which regulated in Meghalaya as well because it was a copy and paste from Assam during that time. the insertion should have been removed from that time itself”.
The Chairman also elaborated that the objective is very clear that the constitution of District Councils is for the purpose of safeguarding the interest of a given tribe: KHADC for the Khasis, JHADC for the Jaintias and GHADC for the Garos. But now there is a problem because the Presidential Order 1950 meant for united Assam was not modified or reworked at the time of Meghalaya statehood.
To correct this error, it is only by the power of the Parliament itself.