The Executive Committee of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Tuesday decided to create the Council of Traditional Chiefs and Headmen (CTCH) so that traditional chiefs and headmen of various villages come under this umbrella.
KHADC chief executive member H S Shylla said the executive committee has approved an executive order for the creation of the CTCH as per paragraph 2 section 7 (a) of the Sixth Schedule.
He said that all traditional chiefs and headmen within the jurisdiction of the Council should come under this CTCH and they should not associate with any other self style organization led by some individuals.
Some umbrella organizations like the Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya and Synjuk ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri Hynñiewtrep (SNSBH) have been floated by a group of individuals and took up issues related to traditional chiefs and headmen.
“Since the CTCH has been created through an executive order, traditional chiefs and headmen within the jurisdiction of the KHADC should come together and discuss issues in the Council. The Council will also play the role as advisory to the Executive Committee on matters related to traditional chiefs and headmen,” Shylla said.