SHILLONG, Jan 09: Expressing its stiff opposition to the extension of the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) by another six months, the opposition National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday termed this decision of the Dr. Mukul Sangma led MUA - II government as ‘unconstitutional’ and the ‘murder of democracy’.
“The party is of the strong opinion that such a move is totally ‘unconstitutional’, the move is also ‘whimsical and arbitrary’ and has been decided by one person alone and that is the Chief Minister,” NPP spokesperson, James K Sangma said at a press conference held hereon Friday.
It may be mentioned here that the State cabinet has recently extended the term of the GHADC for another six months for the fourth consecutive time, three times for six months and another for one month, to facilitate the holding of elections in the delimited seats.
SHILLONG, Jan 09: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Adelbert Nongrum on Friday said that the District Council will be forced to take out a joint delegation of both the ruling and opposition to seek the audience of the Chief Minister for his immediate intervention in speeding up the approval of the Khasi Hills District (Village Administration) Bill even as the District Council has set a 2 week deadline for the same.
The decision was taken at an all party meeting convened by the CEM held here on Friday which has resolved to give a two weeks deadline to the state government’s District Council Affairs (DCA) department to complete the entire process.
The suggestion box kept outside the Meghalaya Chief Secretary’s office has some very interesting articles, albeit the required ones. The suggestion box is filled with glass, water bottles, chewing-gum wrappers and waste paper. One can wonder what sort of suggestions the Chief Secretary must be receiving with such items making their way into his suggestion box.
SHILLONG, Jan 08: The winds of change are again doing the rounds in Meghalaya as MUA-II quietly finds itself in a fix in light of the sudden resignation of Roshan Warjri as the Home Minister. Speculations are rife that Chief Minister may use this opportunity for a Cabinet reshuffle.
According to sources, incumbent Health Minister AL Hek is tipped to be the new Home Minister while new faces are expected in the Cabinet.
Though no date has been fixed for such a move, but the State Congress camp is already jittery over who will be inducted into the Cabinet and who will be dropped.
AMPATI, Jan 09: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Friday announced that the government will recruit more than 1000 police personnel and that IRBN recruitment would be held sometime soon.
Dr. Sangma was speaking at the inauguration of the Pre-Recruitment Awareness-cum-Counseling Camp for career in Police and other security services including the Army, BSF, CRPF, et al, at Ampati Multi-Facility Centre.
The training is an initiative of the South West Garo Hills (SWGH) Police under the Chief Minister’s Career Guidance Programme to encourage the young boys and girls and inform them on the criteria required for entry into security services.
TURA, Jan 08: Stone quarrying in the West Garo Hills (WGH) region got a respite after the district administration allowed the quarrying of stones to meet the infrastructural and developmental needs of the region. In an order passed on December 10 last year, the administration has allowed for three months of stone quarrying, albeit with certain conditions that need to be adhered to.
The quarries had been closed after a tour by the Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, in the aftermath of the September 2014 floods because the destruction caused due to uncontrolled mining had left him fuming.
SHILLONG, Jan 08: With the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) failing to submit its views and suggestions coupled with failure to attend the meetings on draft Tenancy Bill and the existing Benami Act, the government constituted committee to examine these two Laws has decided to submit its recommendations without the suggestions of the two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the Committee here on Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh informed, “We have decided to move ahead with completing the process of examining the two laws, since the two ADCs – KHADC and JHADC – have failed to give their views and suggestions” adding that the committee will be submitting its recommendations to the State government within this month.