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BJP MLAs signed resolution empowering non-tribals in Meghalaya: District Council chief

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SHILLONG, Sept 8: The BJP in Meghalaya was left red-faced after the party’s legislators – AL Hek and
Sanbor Shullai – were found to have violated the traditional dorbar system to favour trading by non-
tribals, drawing criticism from social organisations in this hill state.
Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council chief executive member Pyniaid Syiem told PTI, “We have seen it
in paper that a resolution was signed by the two legislators Hek and Shullai. This is strongly against the
rule of the Elaka Administration Act of the council.”
Hek, one of the two MLAs, is a cabinet minister in the present Meghalaya Democratic Alliance
government backed by the BJP.
The two BJP MLAs were found to have signed a resolution granting the president of the then Refugee
Rehabilitation Colony Welfare Committee in Rynjah area of the city to issue NOC to non-tribals to trade
and provide residential certificates for all purposes.
The RR Colony is a settlement of about 250 homes that was built for those who fled Bangladesh in the
1971 war, mostly Hindu families.
According to the tribal council CEM, such resolution violates the authority granted to the traditional
dorbars by the council since the area is under the jurisdiction of the Dorbar Shnong of Rynjah, which is
duly recognized by the council.
Several organisations have accused the BJP of trying to meddle with the traditions of the tribal people in
the state.
The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People feels that the MLAs should refrain from making such
callous and irresponsible acts which devalues the role of our traditional bodies.
The FKJGP also issued a strong warning against the RRWC to stop meddling with affairs related to issuing
of NOCs or RCs to the people of the area.
“The RRWS should instead act in accordance with the notification of the Hima Mylliem in 2019 which
declared the colony as Them Rynjah or else the federation will be forced to tread a different path in
order to safeguard our culture and tradition,” the FKJGP said.
The KHADC chief also reiterated that while the council had no intention to interfere with the religious
rights as a welfare society, he added that, “As administration is concerned, we will ensure that residents
of the area should follow the rules of the land. This is Khasi Hills and not Bangladesh or West Bengal and
the 2019 notification stands till today,” Syiem said.
Meanwhile, when sought clarification, Hek feigned ignorance on the subject.
“The question of helping non-tribals only does not arise at all. We are here to help all the people in the
state,” he said.
“There is no question of violating the traditions or the council. We help everybody who needed our help.
This is the responsibility of the leaders and the BJP,” he added. (PTI)

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