The Meghalaya government has formed a panel of three officials to examine the bills passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) for the purpose of identification of the areas wherein conflict may arise due to the existence of State laws on the same subject.
The three officials are D Lyngdoh who is the Deputy Secretary, Law (B) Department, R S Wanniang who is the Special Secretary, KHADC and Robertjune Kharjahrin who is the Legal Consultant, KHADC.
The report of the three officials will be submitted to the District Council Affairs Department of the State government by April 1. Further, the findings will be placed before the Expert Committee headed by the Commissioner and Secretary, District Council Affairs Department.
It may be mentioned that Para 12A of the Sixth Schedule states that if any provision of a law made by the District Council in the State of Meghalaya with respect to any matter specified in sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 3 of the Sixth Schedule, or if any provision of any regulation made by the District Council under paragraph 8 or paragraph 10 of the Schedule, is repugnant to any provision of a law made by the Legislature of the State of Meghalaya with respect to that matter, then, the law or regulation made by the District Council, whether made before or after the law made by the Legislature of the State of Meghalaya, shall, to the extent of repugnancy, be void and the law made by the Legislature of the State of Meghalaya shall prevail.