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Meghalaya govt to examine Panchayati Raj’s proposal
Correspondent Shillong, Jun 1:
Published on 1 Jun. 2011 10:40 PM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma today said that the government will examine the proposal of the centre to have “elected Gram Sabhas,” in Meghalaya.
“We shall see and examine how to structure this concept to make it adaptable and implementable in conformity with the given situation in the state,” Dr Sangma told reporters after a meeting with the central inter-ministerial team.
The inter-ministerial, has made the proposal after a three-day visit in the state to “decentralise power and better implement central government programmes and policies.” But the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills and traditional institutions in the state have opposed to the idea.
Hrushikesh Panda, additional secretary ministry of Panchayati Raj, who headed the ministerial team, presented the state government with a draft proposal on effective decentralization of governance through strengthening of grassroots administrative organizations.
“There should be elected bodies at villages in order to deepen the process of governance and for better mplementation of programmes and policies at the grassroots level,” Panda said.
He, however, said will not “interfere” with the existing traditional systems in the state.
Meghalaya Deputy chief minister Bindo M Lanong, who holds the law portfolio hinted that the existing grassroots tribal administrative bodies like the Dorbar Shnongs, Nokmaships and Doloiships could be empowered.
“Who does not want power,” he asked even as he emphasized that people would not accept any change or dilution of the culture, tradition and practice that has been existing for ages.

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