Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday said the Cabinet has discussed the amendment of the Sixth Schedule and has decided on the proposal of the number of seats in the Autonomous District Councils and the formation of village councils.

Sangma informed that after thorough consultation and discussion with all different stakeholders, including the District Councils, the state government has made the proposal accordingly.

“In the number of seats, the proposal the state government has given is that Khasi Hills and Garo Hills shall have not more than 40 members, out of which not more than 4 will be nominated and the rest will be elected through adult suffrage. As for Jaintia Hills, it will have not more than 32 members out of which not more than 2 will be nominated and the rest will be elected,” informed the Chief Minister.

At present, all the three Autonomous District Councils in the state have 30 seats each, wherein 29 seats are elected and one is nominated.

In terms of the village council, the Cabinet has proposed that the Village Councils will be elected but the chairmen will be ex-officio. The Cabinet has decided that the Rangbah Shnong/Headman, Sordar or the Nokmas will be the chairmen of the village council, and the secretary and other members will be elected as per provisions.

The chief minister informed that these suggestions were recommended by the District Councils themselves and the state government has acted accordingly, and the proposal will now be sent to the Centre. He also assured that these issues will be discussed during his next visit to New Delhi to meet the Central government on the border issue between Assam and Meghalaya.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also discussed the next meeting with its counterpart about the ongoing Assam-Meghalaya border dispute. The chief minister is expected to hold another meeting with the Assam Chief Minister tomorrow in Guwahati around 4 pm.

Sangma said he was hopeful that after this meeting they should be able to come to a conclusion on the first six areas of differences (out of 12) that they are trying to resolve.

It may be mentioned that the chief minister on Thursday shared that the state government had a meeting to iron out a few issues in the border talks with Assam. “We have come to 98% agreement on the 6 areas of differences and look forward to reaching our final understanding in our next sitting before our joint meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” said Sangma.

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