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‘Traditional body inefficient to deal with influx issue’


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By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: While questioning the decision of the Government to assign traditional institutions with the job of dealing with influx, UDP Nongkrem legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said that most of the traditional bodies have become dysfunctional.

“The intention of the Government to leave the issue at the hands in their present form is dangerous and vulnerable,” Basaiawmoit said while participating in the pending motion on influx during the ongoing Assembly Winter Session here on Thursday.
He mentioned that the traditional institutions have been very effective in dealing with social issues until recently when certain negative changes had taken place due to entry of vested interest of the system.
“That is when NOCs and Residential Certificates were issued indiscriminately to migrant non tribals by irresponsible traditional heads in return for monetary gain,” Basaiawmoit added.
Meanwhile, the Nongkrem legislator said that the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) have also failed in protecting the interest of the local indigenous population.
“The ADCs have their own rules to restrict trading activities by non-tribals. But what we are seeing that is that even small and petty business is being allowed to be carried by the non-tribals,” he said.
He said that even labour licenses are being issued indiscriminately to non-tribals by the KHADC and its agent without verifying the antecedents of such people.


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