Pyniaid Sing Syiem

SHILLONG:

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Wednesday requested the state government to convene a meeting with all the three autonomous district councils to discuss the proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution.

After meeting a delegation of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) at his office chamber, KHADC chief Pyniaid Sing Syiem told reporters, “We want the state government to convene a meeting with the three ADCs – KHADC, JHADC and GHADC – to discuss on the issue.”

He said the new executive committee during its first meeting had discussed the matter and resolved to soon meet the state government for submission of its views and suggestions.

He also assured that the EC is willing to work together with the KSU on the various issues confronting the indigenous community.

Meanwhile, the CEM also informed that the deputy CEM Pynshngainlang N Syiem will also convene a meeting on Friday to draft a letter of the council for expressing opposition against the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) within the jurisdiction of the KHADC.

KHADC ELECTION

Syiem said the term of the current House in the Council will only be extended if the Centre passes the amendment to the Sixth Schedule.

However, there is no communication received to indicate that there is any move to extend the term of the current House, Syiem said.

“The House will be extended only if the Sixth Schedule amendment is passed by the Centre because the number of seats (in the three ADCs) will be increased. But till today there has been no such communication on this matter,” he said.

“Therefore, we feel that the election to the KHADC will still be held in 2024,” he added.