Meghalaya ADCs united in opposing UCC implementation

July 14, 2023 by MT Bureau

Staff Reporter

Shillong, July 13: The three autonomous district council – Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) on Wednesday unanimously decided to pass a resolution to oppose the move to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in Meghalaya.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting here in Shillong, chief executive member (CEM) of the KHADC Pyniaid Sing Syiem said that in the meeting, all three autonomous district council have decided to write to the Law Commission and the central government to express opposition on the move to implement UCC in Meghalaya.

Syiem said that till date the autonomous district councils in Meghalaya have not received any written plea from the Law Commission with regard to suggestions that can be incorporated in the proposed UCC.

“We have prepared a draft resolution which will be signed by all autonomous district councils and this resolution will be sent to the Law Commission on 14 July 2023 expressing our opposition to the proposed implementation of UCC in the entire country including Meghalaya” said Syiem.

Syiem said that apart from expressing opposition to the UCC, the autonomous district councils of the state will also incorporate few suggestions in the resolution which will be sent to the Law Commission and the central government.

“In the resolution, we will be incorporating suggestions as to why all the autonomous district councils and the people of Meghalaya stand opposed to the idea of implementing UCC in Meghalaya” he added.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the High Power Committee of the GHADC R.K Sangma informed that the GHADC had already passed a resolution to oppose the implementation in Meghalaya.

“Prior to the passing of the resolution, the GHADC had held meetings with all stakeholders including the Nokmas and NGOs from the Garo Hills region” said Sangma.