Meghalaya: KHADC Dy. CEM presents deficit budget of Rs. 50,910 for 2020-21

Meghalaya: KHADC Dy. CEM presents deficit budget of Rs. 50,910 for 2020-21

SHILLONG | JUNE 24, 2020:

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Deputy Chief Executive Member (CEM), Gigur Myrthong today presented a deficit budget of Rs. 50,910 for the financial year 2020-21.

Presenting the budget on the first day of the Council's Summer Session, Myrthong said that the expenditure was estimated at Rs. 243, 72,89,930 crore while the estimated revenue is put at Rs. 243,72,39,020.

According to the Deputy CEM, there is a deficit in the budget estimate since the proposed expenditure is higher than the Council's revenue receipts.

He, however, said that the present Executive Committee will find out ways and means to improve the revenue collection of the Council.

Myrthong further informed that the Executive Committee had sanctioned an amount of Rs. 1 crore to each of the 30 members from the grant received in 2018-2019. According to him, the Council was able to complete the additional building, construction of the branch office at Mawkyrwat, and District Council Court at Nongstoin from the grant sanctioned during 2017-2018.

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He, however, informed that the major expense of the Council is in disbursing salaries to the KHADC staff. The revenue of the KHADC is from the land revenue, forest, administration of justice, market, trade, stationery and printing, royalty on major and minor mineral, taxes on the motor vehicles, taxes on the profession, civil works and development, miscellaneous receipt, grant-in-aid for protection of tribal land and interest, and revenue from toll gates.

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The KHADC has to spent on salaries for the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Leader of Opposition, MDCs, and all the officers and staff, house rent of members of the Executive Committee, an honorarium of Chairman of Advisory Committee and its members, pension of retired staff and the pending arrears. It was informed that the KHADC also pays salaries to the staff of the Education department.

Meanwhile, KHADC CEM, Titosstarwell Chyne today introduced the KHAD (Regulation and Administration of Land) Bill, 2020 which seeks to protect and conserve the land tenure system in the tribal areas.

The KHADC CEM told the House that the Executive Committee, after due scrutiny of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Allotment, Occupation or Use or Setting Apart of Land) Regulation Bill, 2014, deems it fit to recall and substitute the bill with KHAD (Regulation and Administration of land) Bill, 2020 which provides for the codification of the prevailing customary land tenure system in Khasi Hills and at the same time to regulate and administer the landholding system.

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The objective of the new Bill is to also protect and conserve the ideal practices that have preserved the socio-cultural ethos of the Khasi society, to negate the effect of the globalized socio-economic environment, and to provide for legislation for administration and regulation of land to uphold the custom, usages and the land tenure system prevailing in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council within the provisions of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

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