THE ASSAM REORGANISATION (MEGHALAYA) ACT, 1969

 

No.55 OF 1969

 

                                                                             [ 29th December, 1969]

 

An Act to provide for the formation within the State of Assam of autonomous State to be known as Meghalaya and for matters connected therewith.

Contents

PART I

PRELIMINARY

1.Short title and Commencement

2.Definitions

PART II

FORMATION OF THE AUTONOMOUS STATE OF MEGHALAYA

3.Formation of Meghalaya

4.Executive power of Meghalaya

5.Extent of executive power of Meghalaya

6.Council of Ministers

7.Other provisions as to Ministers

8.Advocate general for Meghalaya

9.Conduct of business

10.Duties of Chief Minister as respects the furnishing of information of Governor, etc

PART III

THE LEGISLATURE

General

11.Constitution of the Legislature of Meghalaya

12.Delimitation of constituencies

13.Power of Election Commission to maintain delimitation orders upto date

14.Electors and electoral rolls

15.Right to vote

16.Qualification for membership

17.Election to the Legislative Assembly

18.Duration of Legislative Assembly

19.Sessions of Legislative Assembly, prorogation and dissolution

20.Right of Governor to address and send messages to Legislative Assembly

21.Special address by the Governor

22.Rights of Ministers as respects Legislative Assembly

Officers of the Legislative Assembly

23.Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly

24.Speaker and Deputy Speaker not to preside while a resolution for his removal from office is under consideration

25.Secretariat of Legislative Assembly

Conduct of business

26.Oath or affirmation by members

27.Voting in Assembly, powers of Assembly to act notwithstanding vacancies and quorum

Disqualification of members

28.Vacations of seats

29.Disqualifications for membership

30.Penalty for sitting and voting before making an oath or affirmation or when not qualified or when disqualified

31.Powers, privileges etc., of members

32.Salaries and allowances of members

Legislative powers and procedure

33.Extent of Legislative power

34.Exemption from taxation of properties the Union and the State of Assam and of certain vehicles registered in Assam or Meghalaya

35.Inconsistency between laws made by Parliament and laws made by the legislature of Meghalaya

36.Inconsistency between laws made by the Legislature of the state of Assam and laws made by the Legislature of Meghalaya

37.Special provisions as to Financial Bills

38.Procedure as to lapsing of Bills

39.Assent to Bills

40.Bills reserved for Consideration

41.Requirements as to sanction and recommendation to be regarded as matters of procedure only

42.Annual Financial Statement

43.Procedure in Legislative Assembly with respect to estimates

44.Appropriation Bills

45.Supplementary, additional or excess grant

46.Votes on Account and exceptional grant

47.Rules of procedure

48.Restriction on discussion in the Legislative Assembly

49.Courts not to enquire into to the proceedings of Legislative Assembly

Legislative power of the Governor

50.Power of Governor to promulgated Ordinances during recess of Legislative Assembly

PART IV

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

51.Consolidated Fund

52.Contingency Fund

53.Custody of suitors deposits and other moneys received by public servants and Courts

54.Custody, etc., of Consolidated Fund, Contingency Fund and moneys credited to the public accounts

55.Certain taxes levied by Assam to be appropriated by Meghalaya

56.Distribution of revenues

57.Authorisation of expenditure pending its sanction by Legislative Assembly

PART V

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

58.Apportionment of assets and liabilities

PART VI

ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONS

59.Obligation of Meghalaya, the State of Assam and Union

60.Control over the autonomous State in certain cases

61.Entrustment of functions

PART VII

TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

62.Provisions as to provisional Legislative Assembly

PART VIII

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

63.Special Committee for development of Shillong

64.Provisions as to continuance of Court

65.Provisions relating to services

66.Continuance of existing laws and their adaptations

67.Autonomous State to be a State for certain purposes of the Constitution

68.Power of Governments of Assam and Meghalaya to carry on trade, etc., in Meghalaya

69.Power to suspend provisions of this Act in case of the failure of constitutional machinery

70.Construction of reference to State Government in other laws in relation to Meghalaya

71.Power to construe laws

72.Effect of provisions of Act inconsistent with other laws

73.Power to remove difficulties

74.Amendment of the Sixth Schedule

75.Amendment of Act 2 of 1934

76.Amendment of Act 37 of 1956

77.Power to make rules

THE FIRST SCHEDULE

THE SECOND SCHEDULE

THIRD SCHEDULE

THE FOURTH SCHEDULE

 

      BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twentieth Year of the Republic of India as follows :---

 

PART I

 

PRELIMINARY

 

     

1.Short title and Commencement

.- (1) This Act may be called the Assam Reorganization (Meghalaya) Act, 1969.

                                               

           (2) It shall come into force on such dates

{The provision of section 2 and 3 shall come into force on the 12th January ,1970:vide G.S.R 74,dated the 12th January,1970, Gazette of India,extraordinary ,Pt.II ,Sec.3 (i),p.17}

{The provisions of section 11,12,13,16,17,28,29,62,73,and 77 shall come into force on the 30th January ,1970 ,Gazette of India, Extraordinary ,pt II,Sec.3(i),p.37.}

{The provisions of section 65 shall come into force on the 25th February IY.970:vide G.S.R.310,dated the 25th February,1970 ,gazette of India ,Extraordinary,Pt.II,Sec.3(i),p.145.}

{The provisions (other than those which have already been bronghy into force) shall come into force on the 2nd April,1970:vide G.S.R.393,dated the 24th March ,1976 March,1970 gazette of India, Extraordinary,Pt.II, Sec.3(i),p.375.}

 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint :

                                                                                                               

            Provided that different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

 

     

2.Definitions

.-  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, ---

               

(a) "appointed day" means such date {2nd April ,1970:vide G.S.R.75,dated the 12th january,1970,gazette of India, Extraordinary, Pt.II Sec.3(i),p.18} as the Central Government may, by notification in Official Gazette, appoint for the formation of the autonomous State;

 

                                (b) "article" means an article of the Constitution;

 

                                (c) "autonomous State" means the autonomous State of Meghalaya formed under               section 3;

               

                                (d) "constituency" means a territorial constituency provided by order made under               section 12 for the purpose of election to the Legislative Assembly;

 

                                (e)  "Election Commission" means the Election Commission appointed by the        President under article 324;

 

                                (f)  "Governor" means the Governor of Assam excising his functions as Governor                in relation to Meghalaya by virtue of this Act;

 

(g) "law" includes any enactment, Ordinance, regulation, order, bye-law, rule,        scheme notification or other instrument having immediately before the appointed day, the force of law in the whole or in any part of the autonomous State;

 

                                (h) "Legislative Assembly" means the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya;

 

                                (i) "Meghalaya" means the autonomous State referred to in section 3;

 

                (j) "member" means a member of the Legislative Assembly;

               

(k) "Official Gazette" means the Official Gazette of Meghalaya or the Gazette of India; and

 

                                (l) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

 

PART II

 

FORMATION OF THE AUTONOMOUS STATE OF MEGHALAYA

 

               

3.Formation of Meghalaya

.-  (1) On and form the appointed day, their shall be formed within   the State of Assam and autonomous Share to be known as Meghalaya which  shall,  subject to the provisions of sub-action (2), comprise the following tribal areas, namely : --

 

                (i) the United Khasi-Jaintia Hills District as described in the sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 20 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution (exclusive of the proviso thereto)  but excluding  the areas transferred to the Mikir Hills autonomous district by the notification of the Government of Assam No.TAD/R/31/50/149, dated the 13th April, 1951, and

 

                (ii) the Garo Hills District specified in Part A of the table suspended to paragraph 29 aforesaid.

 

           (2)  If, before such date {23-2-1970:vide notification No.G.S.R.76,dt.12-1-1970,Gazette of India,Extraordinary,Pt.II,Sec3(i),p.18}, as the Central Government may, by notification in Official Gazette, fix for the purpose not being a date later than appointed day, the District Council for the autonomous district of the North Cachar Hills or the Mikir Hills or both, as the case may be, third as  of the members thereof, expressed a desire that the said autonomous district or districts shall form part of Meghalaya, the President may, by order, make a declaration to that effect and accordingly, on and  from appointed day, the North Cachar Hills District or the Mikir Hills District or both, as the case may be,  shall also form part of Meghalaya.

 

 

4.Executive power of Meghalaya

.- (1) The executive power of Meghalaya shall be vested in the Governor and  shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him in accordance with the Act.

 

           (2) Nothing in  this section shall ---

 

(a) be deemed  to transfer to the Governor any functions conferred by may existing law on any other authority; or

 

(b)  prevent Parliament or the legislature of the State of Assam or Meghalaya from conferring by law functions on any authority subordinate of Governor.

               

               

5.Extent of executive power of Meghalaya

.-  (1) Subject to  the provisions of this Act, the executive power of Meghalaya shall extend to the matters with respect to which the Legislature of Meghalaya has power to make laws :

 

                Provided that in any matter with respect to which the Legislature of Meghalaya,  the Legislature of the State of Assam and Parliament have power to make laws, the executive power of Meghalaya shall be subject to, and limited by, the executive powers expressly conferred by this Act or by any law made by Parliament upon the Union or the State of Assam or the authorities thereof,, or, ass the case may be, by the Legislature of the State of Assam or authorities thereof.

 

                (2) On and form the appointed day, the executive power of the State of Assam shall not extend, in relation to Meghalaya, to the matters with respect to which the Legislature of Meghalaya has exclusive power to make laws under the Act.

 

                (3) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that, save as otherwise provided in this Act, the executive power of the State of Assam shall, in relation to Meghalaya, continue to extend to the matters with respect to which the legislature of Meghalaya has no power to make laws.

 

 

6.Council of Ministers

.-  (1) There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions in relation to Meghalaya.

 

                (2) The question whether any, and if so, what, advice was tendered by Ministers to the Governor shall not be inquired into in any Court.

 

    

7.Other provisions as to Ministers

.-  (1)  The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the Other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.

                                                                                                               

         (2) The Council of Minister shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly.

 

         (3) Before a Minister enters upon his office, the Governor shall administration to him to oaths of office and of secrecy according to the form set out for  this purpose in the First Schedule.

 

          (4) A Minister who any period of six consecutive months is no  member of the Legislative Assembly shall at the expansion of that period cease to be Minister.

 

          (5) The  salaries and allowances of Minister  shall be such as the Legislature of Meghalaya may from item to time by law determine and until the Legislature determines,, shall be determined by the Governor.

 

               

8.Advocate general for Meghalaya

.-  (1) The Governor may, if he thinks fir do so, appoint person who is qualified to be appointed a Judge of  a High Court to be Advocate General for Meghalaya.

                                                                                                               

          (2) It shall be the duty of the Advocate General to give advice to the Government of Meghalaya upon such legal matters, and to perform such other duties  of  a legal character as may, from time to time be referred or assigned to him by the Governor, and to disagree the functions concerned on by him by or under this Act or nay other law for the time being of force.

 

          (3) The Advocate-General shall hold office during the pleasure of this Governor,  and shall receive and such remuneration as the Governor may be determine.

 

      

9.Conduct of business

.-  (1) All executives action of the Government of Meghalaya shall be expressed to be taken in the name of Governor.

 

(2) Orders and other instruments made an executed in the name of the Governor shall be authenticated in such manner as may be specified in rules to e made by the Governor, and the validity of an  order or instrument which is so authenticated shall not be called in question on the ground that it is not an order or instrument made or executed by the Governor.

 

           (3) The Governor shall make rules for the more convent transactions of the business f the Governor of Meghalaya and for the allocation among Ministers of the said business.

 

   

10.Duties of Chief Minister as respects the furnishing of information of Governor, etc

..-  (1)  It shall be the duty of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya ----

 

                                (a) to communicate to the Governor all decisions of the Council of Ministers relating           to the administration of the affairs of Meghalaya and proposals for legislation;

 

(b) to furnish such information relating of the administration of the affairs of Meghalaya and proposals for legislation as the Governor may call for; and

 

(c) if the Governor so requires, to submit for the consideration of the Council Ministers any matter on which a decision has been taken by a Minister but which has not   been considered by the Council.

 

PART III

 

THE LEGISLATURE

 

General

 

               

   

11.Constitution of the Legislature of Meghalaya

.- (1) There shall be a Legislature for Meghalaya which shall consist of the Governor and the Legislative Assembly.

 

           (2) The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly to be filled by persons chosen by direct election from constituencies in Meghalaya shall be fixed by the Central Government by notification in the of after consultation with the Election Commission, but shall no be less than thirty-five or more than fifty-five.

 

(3) The  Governor may,  if he is of opinion that any minority communities in Meghalaya need representation in the Legislative Assembly and are not adequately represented therein, nominate not more than three members of such communities, not  being person in the service of the Government, to the Legislative Assembly.

               

               

12.Delimitation of constituencies

.- (1) The Election Commission shall, in the manner herein provided, distribute the total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly as fixed under sub-section (2) of section 11 to single number constituencies and delimit them on the basis of the latest census figures having regard to the following provisions, namely : --

 

(a)  all constituencies shall, as far as practicable, consist of geographically compact  areas, and in delimiting them, regard shall be had to the physical features, existing  boundaries of  administrative units, facilities of communication and public convenience;

 

(b) every constituency shall be so delimited as to fail only within an Assembly constituency of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Assam;

 

(c) the population of each constituency shall, as far as practicable, be the same throughout Meghalaya.

 

              (2) For the purpose of assisting the  Election Commission in the performance of its functions under this section, the Commission shall associate with itself such number of associate members not exceeding five as the Governor may nominate to represent Meghalaya :

 

                Provided that none of the associate members shall have a right to  vote or to sign any decision of the Election Commission.

 

                (3) If owing to death or registration, the office of an associate members falls vacant, it shall be filled as soon as may be practicable by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2).

 

                (4) The Election Commission shall -----

 

(a) publish its proposals for the delimitation of constituencies, together with the dissenting proposals, if any, of the following who desires publication thereof, in the Official Gazette in such other manner as the Commission may consider fit, together with a notice inviting objections and suggestions in relation to the proposals and specifying a date on or after which the proposals will be further considered by fit;

 

(b) Consider all objections and suggestions which may have been received by it before the date so specified, and for the purpose of such consideration hold one or more public sittings at such place or places as it may think fit ;

 

(c) after considering all objections and suggestions which have been may  received by it before the date so specified, determine by one or more orders the delimitation's of constituencies and cause such order or orders to be published in the Official Gazette; and upon such publication, the order or orders shall have the full force of law and shall not be called in question in  any Court.

 

                (5) As soon as may be after such publications, every such order shall be laid before the Legislative Assembly.

 

                (6) Upon the completion  of each census, the total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly and the division of Meghalaya into territorial Constituencies shall be readjusted by such authority and in such manner as Parliament may by law determine.

 

                Provided that such readjustment shall not  affect representation in the Legislative Assembly until the dissolution of the then existing Assembly.

 

                Explanation :--  In this section "latest census figures" mean the census the figures with respect to Meghalaya ascertainable from the latest census of which the finally published figures are available.

 

     

13.Power of Election Commission to maintain delimitation orders upto date

.-  (1) The Election Commission may, from time to time, by notification  in Official Gazette,:-

                               

                                (a) correct any printing mistake in any order made under section 12 or any error    arising therein from inadvertent slip or omission;

 

                                (b) Where the boundaries or name of any territorial division mentioned in any such             order are or is altered, make such amendments as appear to it to be necessary or expedient for bringing such order up-to-date.

                               

  

14.Electors and electoral rolls

.-  (1) The persons entitled to vote at an election of members shall be the persons entitled by the virtue of the provisions of the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950)to be registered as votes at elections to the Houses of the People.

                                                                                                                                                               

               (2)  The electrical roll for every constituency shall consist of so much of the electoral roll of an Assembly Constituency of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Assam as relates to the areas comprised within each such constituency and it shall not be necessary to prepare or revise separately the electoral roll for any such constituency.

 

               

15.Right to vote

.-  Every person, whose name is for the time being entered in the electoral roll for a constituency, shall be entitled to vote at the election of a member from that constituency.

                               

 

16.Qualification for membership

.- A person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly unless he -----

 

(a) is a citizen of   India and makes and subscribes before some person authorized in that behalf by the Election Commission and oath or affirmation according to the form set out for the purpose in the First Schedule ;

               

                (b) is not less than twenty-five years of age ; and

 

                                (c) is an elector in any constituency in Meghalaya.

 

               

17.Election to the Legislative Assembly

.-  The provisions of Part I, Chapter III and IV of Part II and Parts III to XI of the Representation of the People Act, 1951(43 of 1961), and of any rules and orders made thereunder for the time being in force, shall apply to and in relation to the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya as they apply to and in relation to an election to the Legislative Assembly of a State,  subject to such modifications as the President may, after consultation with the  Election Commission, by order, direct.                                                                                

                                                                                                                               

    

18.Duration of Legislative Assembly

.- The Legislative Assembly, unless sooner dissolved, shall continues for five years from the date appointed for its first meeting and no longer sand the expiration of the said period of five years has operate s a dissolution of the Legislative Assembly :

 

                Provided that the said period may, while a Proclamation of Emergency issued under clause (1) of article 352 is in operation, be extended by Parliament by law for a period not a exceeding one year at a time and that extending in any case beyond a period of six months after the Proclamation has ceased to operate.

 

   

19.Sessions of Legislative Assembly, prorogation and dissolution

.-(1) The Governor shall, from time to time, summon the Legislative Assembly to meet at such time and place as he thinks fit, but six months shall not intervene between its last sitting in one session and the appointed for its sitting in the next session.

 

         (2) The Governor may, from time to time, ---

 

                (a) prorogue the Legislative Assembly;

               

                (b)  dissolve the Legislative Assembly.

                                                                                                                                                               

                 

20.Right of Governor to address and send messages to Legislative Assembly

.-  (1) The Governor may address the Legislative Assembly and may for that purpose require the attendance of members.

 

           (2) The Governor may send messages to the Legislative Assembly, whether with respect to a Bill then pending in the Legislative Assembly or otherwise and when a message is so sent, the Legislative Assembly shall with convenient dispatch consider any matter required by the message to be taken into consideration.

 

               

21.Special address by the Governor

.- (1) At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the Legislative Assembly and  at the commencement of the first session of each year, the Governor shall address the Legislative Assembly and inform the Assembly of the causes of its summons.]

 

          (2) provision shall be made by the rules regulating the procedure of the Legislative Assembly for the allotment of time for discussion of the matters referred to in such address.

 

               

22.Rights of Ministers as respects Legislative Assembly

.-Every Ministers  and the Advocate-General for Meghalaya shall have the right to speak in, and otherwise to take part in the proceedings of, the Legislative Assembly, and to speak in, and otherwise to take part in the proceedings of, any committee of the Legislative Assembly of which he may be named a member, but shall not, by virtue of this section, be entitled to  vote.

 

Officers of the Legislative Assembly

                                                               

                 

23.Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly

.- (1) The Legislative Assembly shall, as soon as may be, chose two members of the Assembly to be respectively Speaker and Deputy Speaker thereof, and, so often as the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker or Deputy Speaker, as the case may be,

               

(2) A member holding office as Speakers or Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly ---

 

                                (a) Shall vacate his office if he ceases to be a member  of the Assembly ;

 

(b) may at any time by writing under his hand addressed, if such member is the     Speaker,  to  the Deputy Speaker, and if such member is the Deputy Speaker, to the Speaker, resign his official and

 

(c) may be removed from his office by  a resolution of the Legislative Assembly    passed by a majority of all the then members of the Assembly;

                               

                Provided that no resolution for the purpose of clause (c) shall be moved unless at least 'fourteen days' notice has been given  of the intention to move the resolution :

               

Provided further that whenever the Legislative Assembly is dissolved, the Speaker shall not vacate his office until immediately before the first meeting of the Assembly after the dissolution.

     

         (3)  While the office of Speaker is vacant, the duties of the office shall be performed b the Deputy Speaker or, if the office of Deputy Speaker is also vacant, by such member of the Legislative Assembly as the Governor may appoint for the purpose.

 

          (4) During the absence of the Speaker from any sitting of the Legislative Assembly, the Deputy Speaker or, if he is also  absent, such person as may be determined by the rules of procedure of the Legislative Assembly, or, if no such person is present, such other persons as may be determined by the Legislative Assembly, shall act as Speaker.

 

          (5) There shall be paid to the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly such salaried and allowances as may be respectively fixed by the Legislature of Meghalaya b law an, until provision in that behalf his so  made, such salaries and allowances as the Governor may, by order, determine.

 

                 

24.Speaker and Deputy Speaker not to preside while a resolution for his removal from office is under consideration

.-  (1) At any sitting of the Legislative Assembly, while any resolution for the removal of ht Speaker from his office is under consideration, the Speaker from his office is under consideration, the Deputy Speaker, shall not, though he is present, preside, and the provisions of  sub-section (4) of section 23 shall apply in relation to every  such sitting as they apply in relation to a sitting from which Speaker  or, as the case may be, the Deputy Speaker  is absent.

 

           (2)  The Speaker  shall have the right to speak in, and otherwise to take part in the proceedings of, the Legislative Assembly while any resolution for this removal from officer is under consideration in the Legislative Assembly and shall, notwithstanding anything in section 27, he entitled to vote only in the first instance on such resolution or on any other matter during such proceedings but not in the case of an equality of votes.

 

  

25.Secretariat of Legislative Assembly

.- (1) The Legislative Assembly shall have a separate secretarial staff.

 

          (2) The Legislature of Meghalaya may by law regulate the recruitment and the conditions of service of person appointed, to the secretarial staff of the Legislative Assembly.

 

         (3) Until provision is made by the Legislature of Meghalaya under sub-section (2), the Governor may, after consultation with the Speaker  of the Legislative Assembly, make rules regulating the recruitment and the conditions of service of persons appointed, to the secretarial staff of the Legislative Assembly, and any rules so made shall have effect subject to the provisions of any law made under the  sub-section.

 

                                      Conduct of business     

                                                               

                 

26.Oath or affirmation by members

.-  Every member of the Legislative Assembly shall, before taking his seat, make and subscribe before the Governor, or some person appointed in that behalf by him, an oath or affirmation according to the form set out for  the  purpose in the First Schedule.

 

                  

27.Voting in Assembly, powers of Assembly to act notwithstanding vacancies and quorum

.- (1) Save as otherwise provided in this Act, all questions at any sitting of the Legislative Assembly shall be determined by  a majority of votes of the members present and voting other than the Speaker  or person acting as such.

 

         (2) The Speaker  or person acting as such shall not vote in the First  instance, but shall have and exercise a ceasing vote in the case of an equality of votes.

 

        (3) The Legislative Assembly shall have power to act notwithstanding any vacancy in the membership thereof, and any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly shall be valid notwithstanding that it is discovered subsequently that some persons who was not entitled so to do so sat or voted or otherwise took part in the proceedings.

 

        (4) Until the Legislature of  Meghalaya by law otherwise provides, the quorum to constitute a meeting of the Legislative Assembly shall be the members.

 

        (5) If at any time during a meeting of the Legislative Assembly there is no quorum, it shall be duty of  the Speaker  or person acting as such either to adjourn the Assembly or suspend the meeting until there is no  quorum.

 

                                      Disqualification of members

 

                 

28.Vacations of seats

.- (1) No person shall be a member of  Parliament or of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Assam and also of the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya, and if a person is choose an member of Parliament or of the Legislative Assembly of Assam and also of that Legislative Assembly Of Meghalaya, then, at the  expiration of such period, as may has specified in rules made by the President, that person's seat in Parliament or, as the case my be, in the Legislative Assembly of Assam shall become vacant, unless he has previously resigned his seat in the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya.

                                                                                                                               

          (2) If a member of a Legislative Assembly ---

 

                                (a) becomes subject to any of the disqualification's mentioned in section 29, or

 

                                (b) resigns the seat his seat by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker,

 

                his seat thereupon become vacant.

 

         (3) If for a period of sixty days  a member of the Legislative Assembly is, without permission of the Legislative Assembly, absent from all meetings thereof, the Assembly may declare his seat vacant:

             

                Provided that in computing the said period of sixty days no account shall be taken of any period during which the Legislative Assembly is prorogued or is adjourned for more than four consecutive days.

               

               

29.Disqualifications for membership

.- (1)  A person shall be disqualified for being chosen as, and for being, a member of the Legislative Assembly--

 

                                (a) if he holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government            or any State or the Government of Meghalaya other than an office declared by the       Legislature of Meghalaya by law not  to disqualify its holder; or

 

                                (b) if he is of unsound mind and stands so declared by  a competent court ;

 

                                (c)  if he is an undercharged insolvent ;

 

(d) if he is not a citizen of India, or has voluntarily acquired ht citizenship of a       foreign sate or is under any acknowledgement  of allegiance or adherence to a foreign State;

 

(e) if he is so disqualified by or under any of the provisions of Chapter III of Part II of the Representation of the People Act, 1951(43 of 1951), as applied to and in relation to the Legislative Assembly by section 17.           

                                                                                                               

        (2) For the purposes of this section a person shall not be deemed to hold an office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State or the Government of Meghalaya by reason only, that he is Minister either for ht union or for such State or for Meghalaya.

 

       (3) If any question arises as to whether a member has become disqualified of being a such member under the provisions of sub-section (1), the question shall be referred for the decision of the Governor and his decision shall be final.

 

       (4) Before giving any decision on any such question, Governor shall obtain the opinion of the Election Commission and shall act according to such option.

               

               

30.Penalty for sitting and voting before making an oath or affirmation or when not qualified or when disqualified

.-  If a person sits or votes as a member of the Legislative Assembly before he has complied with the requirement of section 26, or when he knows that he is not qualified or that he is disqualified for membership he knows that he is not qualified on that he is disqualified for membership thereof, or that he is prohibited from so doing by the provisions of any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of Meghalaya, he shall be liable in respect of each day on which he so sits or votes, to  a penalty of five hundred to be recovered as debt due to Meghalaya.

                               

               

31.Powers, privileges etc., of members

.- (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and to the rules and standing orders regulating the procedure of the Legislature of Meghalaya, there shall be freedom of speech in the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya.

 

        (2)  No member, of  the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya shall be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything said or any vote given by him in the Assembly or any committee thereof, and no person shall be liable in respect of the publication by or under the authority of the Assembly of any report, paper, votes or proceedings.

    

        (3) In other respects, the powers, privileges and immunities of the Legislative Assembly and of the members and the committees thereof shall be such as may from time to item to be defined by the Legislature of Meghalaya by law, and until so defined, shall be those for the time being enjoyed by the House of the People and its members and committees.

 

        (4) The provisions of sub-sections (1), (2) and (3) shall apply in relation to person who by virtue of this Act have the right to speak in, or otherwise to take part in the proceedings of, the Legislative Assembly or any committee thereof as they apply in relation to members of that Assembly.

 

  

32.Salaries and allowances of members

.- Members of the Legislative Assembly shall be entitled to receive such salaries and allowances as may from time to time be determined by the Legislative of Meghalaya by law and, until provision in that respect is so made, such salaries and allowances as the Governor may, by order, determine.

                                                                                               

                                      Legislative powers and procedure

 

  

33.Extent of Legislative power

.- (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Legislature of Meghalaya has exclusive power to make laws for Meghalaya or any part thereof with respect to any of the matter, enumerated in Part A or Part B of the Second Schedule.

 

                Provided that the exclusive power of the Legislative of Meghalaya to make laws in so far as it relates to that part of the area comprised within the municipality of Shillong as immediately before the commencement of the Constitution formed part of Khasi State of Mylliem, shall extend only to ,matters with respect to which the District Council having authority in that area has powers to make laws (in whatever form it may be) immediately before the appointed day in exercise of any of the powers conferred by the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution.

 

          (2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Legislature of Meghalaya and the Legislature of the State of Assam also shall have power to make laws for Meghalaya or any part thereof with respect to any of the matters  enumerated in Part C of the Second Schedule.

 

Provided that the power of the Legislature of Meghalaya to make any such law shall not extend to the area comprised within the municipality of Shillong which immediately before the commencement of the Constitution formed part of the Khasi State of Mylliem.

 

          (3)  For the removal of doubts it is hereby declared  that nothing in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall derogate from the powers conferred by the Constitution --

 

                (a) on Parliament to make laws for the whole or any part of the State of    Assam including Meghalaya with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the Second  Schedule; or   

 

                (b) on the Legislature of the State of Assam to make  laws for the whole or any observed art of Assam, including Meghalaya, with respect to any of the matters enumerated in List II or List III in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, except in so far as any of the matters aforesaid falls within sub-section (1).

 

               

34.Exemption from taxation of properties the Union and the State of Assam and of certain vehicles registered in Assam or Meghalaya

.-  (1) The property of the Union shall, saver in so far as Parliament may, by law, otherwise provide, be exempt, from all taxes imposed by Meghalaya or by any authority within Meghalaya.

               

          (2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall, until Parliament by law otherwise provides prevent any authority within Meghalaya from levying any tax on nay property of the Union too which such property was immediately before the commencement of this Act liable or treated as liable so long as that tax continues to be levied in Meghalaya.

 

           (3) The property of ht State of Assam shall, so long as the property of Meghalaya in the rest of Assam is exempt from taxed imposed by the Government of Assam or by any authority within the State of Assam, be exempt from all taxes imposed by the Meghalaya or by any authority within Meghalaya.

 

           (4) No vehicle registered at any place in the State of Assam, not being a place in Meghalaya, and transmitting through Meghalaya shall be liable to any tax under any law enacted by the Legislature of Meghalaya and transmitting through the territory of Assam (not comprised in Meghalaya) is exempt from payment of any tax under any law enacted by the Legislature of the State of Assam.

               

 

35.Inconsistency between laws made by Parliament and laws made by the legislature of Meghalaya

.-  (1) If any provision of a law made by the Legislature of Meghalaya is repugnant to any provisions of a law made by Parliament which Parliament is competent to enact, or too any provisions of any existing law with respect to an of the matters enumerated in the Concurrent List in he Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, then, subject to the provisions of sub- section (2), the law made by Parliament, whether passed before or after the sale made by  the Legislature of Meghalaya, or, as the before or after the law made by the Legislature of Meghalaya, or as the case may be, existing law shall prevail and the law made by the Legislature of Meghalaya shall, so the extent of the repugnance, be void.

 

              (2)  Where a law made by the Legislature of Meghalaya with respect to one of the matters enumerated in the Concurrent list in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, which the Legislature of Meghalaya is competent to enact under this Act contained any provision repugnant to the respect too that matter, then, the law so made by the Legislature of Meghalaya shall, if it has been reserved for the consideration of the President and has received his absent, prevail in Meghalaya :

 

                Provided that nothing in this sub--section shall prevent Parliament from enacting at any tie any law with respect to the same matter, including a law adding to, amending, carrying or repealing the law so made byte Legislature of Meghalaya.

 

                  

36.Inconsistency between laws made by the Legislature of the state of Assam and laws made by the Legislature of Meghalaya

.- Where a law made by the Legislature of Meghalaya with respect to one of the matters enumerated in Part C of the Second Schedule contains any provision repugnant to the provisions of an earlier law made by the Legislature of the State of Assam which that Legislature is competent to enact, or to  any provision of any existing law with respect to that matter, then, the law so made by the Legislature of Meghalaya shall, to the extent of the repugnance, be void unless the law has received assent under section 30 after the Governor has obtained the advice of the chief Ministers of Assam;

 

                Provided that nothing contained in this section shall prevent the Legislature of the State of Assam from enacting at any time any law respect to the same matter  including a law adding too, amending, varying or repeating the law so made by  the Legislature of Meghalaya.

 

                Explanation 1 -  In this section and in the  section 35 and 59, "existing law" means any law, Ordinance, order, bye-law, rule or regulation passed r made before the appointed day by any Legislature, authority or person having power to make such a law, Ordinance, order, bye-law, rule or regulation.

               

                Explanation 2 -- In this section and section 39 and 50, the reference to the advice of the Chief Minister of Assam shall, while a proclamation issued in relation to the State of Assam under clause (1) of article 356 of the Constitution is in operation, be constructed as a reference to the instructions from the President.

 

                 

37.Special provisions as to Financial Bills

.- (1) A Bill or amendment shall not be introduced into, or moved in, the Legislative Assembly except on the recommendation of the Government if such Bill or amendment makes provisions dealing with any of the following matters, namely : --

 

                                (a) the imposition, abolition, remission, alteration or regulation, of any     tax:

 

(b)  the regulation of the borrowing of money or the giving of any guarantee by Meghalaya, or the amendment of the law with respect to any financial obligations undertaken or to be undertaken by Meghalaya;

 

(c) the custody of the Consolidated Fund or the Constituency Fund of Meghalaya, the payment of moneys into, or withdrawal of moneys from, any such Fund ;

 

                                (d) the appropriation of moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya;

 

(e) the declaring of any expenditure to be expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya, or the increasing of the account of any such expenditure ;

 

(f) the receipt of money on account of  the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya or the public account of Meghalaya or the custody or issue of such money ;

 

Provided that no recommendation shall be required under this sub- section for the moving of an amendment making provision for the reduction or abolition of any tax.

               

                (2) A Bill or amendment shall not be deemed to make provisions for any of the matters specified in sub-section (1) by reason only that it provides for the imposition  of fines or other pecuniary penalties, or for the demand or payment of fees for licensees or fees for services rendered or by the reason that it provides for the imposition, abolition, remission, alternation or regulation of any tax by any local authority or body for local purposes.

 

     (3) A Bill, which, if enacted and brought into operation, would inter-value expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya, shall not be passed by the Legislative Assembly unless the grant has recommended the Assembly the consideration of the Bill.

 

 

38.Procedure as to lapsing of Bills

.-  A Bill pending in the Legislative Assembly shall not lapse by reason of the prorogation of the Assembly, but shall lapse on  a dissolution thereof.

 

 

39.Assent to Bills

.- When  a Bill has been passed by the Legislative Assembly, it shall be presented to the Governor and the Governor shall declare either that he assents to the Bill or that he withholds assent therefrom or that he receives the Bill for the consideration of the President :

 

      Provided that the Governor, may, as soon as possible after the presentation too him of the Bill for assent, return the Bill if it is not Money Bill together with a message requesting that the Legislative Assembly will reconsider the Bill or an specified provisions thereof, and , in p[Particular, will consider the desirability of introducing any such amendments as he may recommendation his message and, when a Bill is so returned, the Legislative Assembly shall reconsider the Bill Accordingly, and if the Bill is passed again by the Assembly with or without amendment and presented to the Governor for assent, the Governor shall not ----

 

                                                (a) Give assents in the case of a Bill containing provisions of the nature                                                  referred to in section 36 except after obtaining the advice of the Chief Minister of                                         Assam ;                

 

                                                (b)  withhold assent in the case of any other Bill.

 

     Explanation - For the purposes of this section and section 40, a Bill shall be deemed to be Money Bill if it contains only provisions dealing with all or any of  the matters specified in sub - section (1) of section 37 or any matter incidental to any of those matters and there is endorsed thereon the certificate of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly signed by him that it is a Money  Bill :

 

     Provided that a Bill shall not be deemed to be Money Bill by  reason only that it provides for the imposition of fitness or other pecuniary penalties, or for the demand or payment of fees for licenses or fees for services rendered or by reason that it provides for the imposition, abolition, remission, alteration, or regulation of any tax by any local authority or body for local purpose.

 

 

40.Bills reserved for Consideration

.-When  a Bill is reserved by the Governor for the consideration of the President, the President shall declare either that he assents to the Bill or that he withholds assents therefrom :

 

     Provided that where the Bill is not a Money Bill, the President may direct the Governor to return the Bill to the Legislative Assembly together with such message as is referred to in section 39, and when a Bill is so returned, the Legislative Assembly shall reconsider it accordingly within a period of six months from the date of receipt of such messages sage, and if it is again by the Legislative Assembly with or without amendment, it shall be presented again to the President for his  so consideration.

 

 

41.Requirements as to sanction and recommendation to be regarded as matters of procedure only

.-    No Act of the Legislature of Meghalaya and no provision in any such Act shall be invalid by reason only that some recommendation or previous sanction required by the Constitution or this Act was not given, if assent to that Act was given -------

 

(a) where the recommendation required was that  of the Governor, either by the Governor or by the President;                              

                               

                (b) where the recommendation or previous sanction required was that of the President, by the President.

 

 

42.Annual Financial Statement

.-  (1) The Governor shall in respect of every financial year cause to be laid before the Legislative Assembly a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure of Meghalaya for that year, hereinafter referred to as " the annual financial statement".

 

         (2) The estimates of expenditure embodied in the annual financial statement shall show separately -----

 

(a) the sums required to meet expenditure described by this Act as expenditure charged upon the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya ; and

 

                                                (b) the sums required to meet of the expenditure proposed to be made from                                            the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya,

 

and shall distinguish expenditure on revenue account from other expenditure.

               

         (3) The following expenditure shall be expenditure charge upon the Consolidated fund of Meghalaya -

 

                                                (a) the salaries and allowances of the Speaker  and the Deputy Speaker of                                              the Legislative Assembly ;

 

(b) debt charges for which the autonomous State is liable including interest, sinking fund charges and redemption charges, and other expenditure relating of loans and the service and redemption of debt ;

 

(c) any sums required to satisfy any judgment, decree or award of any court or arbitral tribunal ; and

 

(d) any other expenditure declared by the Constitution or by the Legislature of Meghalaya to be so charged.

 

 

43.Procedure in Legislative Assembly with respect to estimates

.- (1) So much of the estimates as relates to expenditure charged upon the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya shall not be submitted to the vote of the Legislative Assembly, but nothing in this sub -- section shall be constructed as preventing the discussion in the Legislative Assembly of any of those estimates.

 

       (2) So much of the said estimates as relates to other expenditure shall be  submitted in the form of demands for  grants to the Legislative Assembly, and the Legislative Assembly shall have power to assent, or to refuse to assent, to any demand, or to assent to any demand subject to a reduction of ht amount specified therein.

 

       (3)  No demand for a grant shall be  made except on the recommendation of the Governor.

 

 

44.Appropriation Bills

.-   (1)  As soon as may be after the grants under section 43 have been made by the Legislative Assembly, there shall be introduced a Bill to provide for the appropriation out of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya of all moneys requires to meet ----

 

                                                (a) the grants so made by the Legislative Assembly ; and

 

                                                (b) the expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya.

 

But not exceeding in any case the amount shown in the statement previously laid before the Assembly.

 

         (2) No amendment shall be proposed to any such Bill in the Legislative Assembly which will have the effect of varying the amount or alternating the destination of any grant so made or of varying the amount of any expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya, and the decision of the person preceding as to whether an amendment is inadmissible under this sub-section shall be final.

 

        (3) Subject  to the provisions of sections 45 and 46, no money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya except under appropriation made by law passed in accordance with the provisions of this section.

 

 

45.Supplementary, additional or excess grant

.-   (1) The Governor shall ---  

 

(a) if the amount authorised by any law made in accordance with the provisions of section 44 to be expended for a particular service for the current of financial year is found to be insufficient for the purposes of that year  or when a need has arisen during the current financial year for the supplementary or additional expenditure financial year or supplementary or additional expenditure upon some new service not contemplated in the annual financial statement for that year, or

 

(b) if any money has been spent on any service during a financial year, in excess if  the amount granted for that service and for that year,

 

cause to be laid down before the Legislative Assembly another statement showing the estimated amount of at expenditure or cause of the e-resented to the Legislative Assembly a demand for such excess, as the case may be.

 

         (2) The provisions of sections 42, 43 and 44 shall have effect tin relation to any such statement and expenditure or demand and also to any law to be made authorizing the appropriation of moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya to meet such expenditure or the grant  in respect of such demand as they have effect in relation to the annual financial statement and the expenditure mentioned therein or to a demand for a grant and the law to be made for the Authorisation of appropriation moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya to meet such expenditure or grant.

 

 

46.Votes on Account and exceptional grant

.-  (1) Notwithstanding anything  in the foregoing provisions of this Part, the Legislative Assembly shall power ----

 

(a) to make any grant in advance in respect of the estimated expenditure for a part of any financial year pending this completion of the procedure prescribed in section 43 for the voting of such grant and the passing of the law in accordance with the provision of section 44 in relation to that expenditure ;

 

(b) to make a grant for a  meeting an unexpected demand upon the resources of the autonomous State when on account of the magnitude or ht indefinite character of the service the demand cannot be state with the details ordinarily given in an annual financial statement;

 

(c) to make an exceptional grant which forms no part of the current service of any financial year ;

 

and the Legislature of Meghalaya shall have power to authorise by law the withdrawal of moneys from the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya for the purpose for which the said grants has made.

 

         (2) The provisions of sections 43 and 44 shall have effect in relation of the making of any grant under sub -- section (1) and to any law to be made under that sub - section, as they have effect in relation to the making of a grant with regard to any expenditure mentioned in the annual financial statement and the law to be made for the Authorisation of appropriation of moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya to meet such expenditure.

 

                                                                Procedure generally

 

 

47.Rules of procedure

.- (1)  The Legislative Assembly may make rules for regulating, sub -section to the provisions of this Act, its procedure and the conduct of its business including the language or languages to be used in the Legislative Assembly.

 

       (2) Until rules are made under sub -- section (1),  the rules or Procedure and standing orders with respect to ht Legislative Assembly of the State of Assam in for case immediately before the commencement of this Act notifications and adaptation as may be therein by the Governor.

 

 

48.Restriction on discussion in the Legislative Assembly

.-  (1) No discussion shall take place in the Legislative Assembly with respect to the conduct of any Judge of the Supreme Court, or of a High Court, in the discharge of his duties.

 

 

49.Courts not to enquire into to the proceedings of Legislative Assembly

.- (1) The validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly not be called in question on the ground of any alleged irregularity of procedure.

 

        (2) The officer or member of the Legislative Assembly in whom powers are vested by or under this Act for regulating procedure or the conduct of business or for maintaining order, in the Legislative Assembly shall be subject to the jurisdiction of any Court in respect of the exercise by him of powers.

 

Legislative power of the Governor

 

 

50.Power of Governor to promulgated Ordinances during recess of Legislative Assembly

.- (1)  If at any time, except when the Legislative Assembly is in session, the Governor is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action, he may promulgate such ordinances as the circumstances appear to him to requires :

 

       Provided that the Governor shall not without instructions from the President, Promulgate any such Ordinances, if ----

 

(a) a Bill containing the same provisions would under the Constitution or this Act required the previous sanction of the President for the introduction thereof into the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya; or

 

 

(b) he would have deemed it necessary to reserve a Bill containing the same provisions for the consideration of the President; or

 

(c) an Act of the Legislature of Meghalaya containing the same provisions would be under this Act have been invalid unless, having been reserved for the consideration of the President, it had received the assent of the President :

 

     Provided further  that the Governor shall not, except on  the advice of the Chief Ministers of Assam promulgate any such Ordinance if such respect to a Bill containing the same provisions he would have deemed it necessary under this Act, to obtain a the advice of the Chief Minister before assenting thereto.

 

                (2) An Ordinance promulgated under the section  shall have the same force and effect as an Act of the Legislative Assembly assigned to by the ht Governor, but every such Ordinance ---

 

(a) shall be laid down the land and shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the reassembly of the Legislative Assembly or if before the expiration of that period a resolution disapproving it is passed by the Legislative Assembly,  upon the passing of the resolution; and

 

                                                (b) may be withdrawn at any time by the Governor.

 

  (3) If and so far as an Ordinance under this section makes any provision which  would not be valid if enacted in an Act of the Legislature of Meghalaya assented to by the Government shall be void :

 

                Provided that ----

 

(a) for the purposes of section 35 relating to the effect of an Act of the Legislature of  Meghalaya which is repugnant to and Act of Parliament or and existing law with respect to a matter enumerated  in the Concurred List in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, and Ordinance promulgated, under this section in pursuance of instructions from the President shall be deemed to be an Act of the Legislature which has been reserved from the consideration of the Legislature which has been reserved and assented to  by him ;

 

(b) for the purposes of section 36 relating to the effect of an Act of the Legislature of Meghalaya which is repugnant to an Act of the Legislature of the State of Assam or an existing law with respect to a matter enumerated in Part C of  the Second Schedule, an Ordinance promulgated under this section on the advice of the Chief Minister of Assam shall be deemed to be an Act of the Legislature which  has been assented to on  the advice of the Chief Minister.

 

PART IV

 

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

 

  

51.Consolidated Fund

.-  (1) Subject to the provisions of section 52, all revenue received by the Government of Meghalaya,  all loans raised by the Government by  the issue of treasury bills, loans or ways and means advances and all moneys received by that Government in repayment of loans shall form one consolidated fund to be entitled "the Consolidated Fund of   Meghalaya ".

                                                                                                                               

        (2) All other public moneys received by or on behalf of the Government of Meghalaya shall be credited to the public account to Meghalaya.

 

        (3) No moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya shall be appropriated except in accordance with law and for the purposes and in manner provided in this Act.

 

 

52.Contingency Fund

.- The Legislature of Meghalaya may, by law, establish a Contingency Fund in the manner of an impress to be entitled "the Contingency Fund of Meghalaya" into which shall be paid from time to time such sums as a may be determined by such  law, and the said Fund shall be placed at the disposal of the Governor is enable advances to be made by him out of such Find for the purposes of meeting unforeseen expenditure pending Authorisation of such expenditure pending Authorisation of such expenditure by the Legislature of Meghalaya by  law under section 45 or section 48.

 

 

53.Custody of suitors deposits and other moneys received by public servants and Courts

.- All moneys received or deposited with ------

 

(a) any officer employed in connection with the affairs of Meghalaya in has capacity as such, other than revenues or public moneys raised by the Government of Meghalaya, or

 

(b) any Court within Meghalaya to the credit of any cause matter, account or persons,

 

shall be paid into the public account of Meghalaya.

 

 

54.Custody, etc., of Consolidated Fund, Contingency Fund and moneys credited to the public accounts

.- The custody of the Consolidated Fund and Contingency Fund of Meghalaya, the payment of moneys into such Funds, the withdrawal of moneys therefrom, the custody of public moneys other than those credited to such Funds received by or on behalf of the Government of Meghalaya, their payment into the public account of Meghalaya and the withdrawal of moneys from such account and all others matters connected with or ancillary to matters aforesaid shall be regulated by law made by the Legislature of Meghalaya, and, until provision in that behalf is so made, shall be regulated by rules made by the Governor.

 

 

55.Certain taxes levied by Assam to be appropriated by Meghalaya

.- (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, any tax on the consumption or sale  of electricity relatable to entry 53 in the State List in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, and any tax on the sale  or purchase of goods reliable to entry 54 in the said List levied by the Government of Assam shall be collected within the Meghalaya but not including any area comprise within the municipality of Shillong by the Government of Meghalaya and the proceeds in any financial year of any such tax leviable within the Meghalaya shall not form part of the Consolidated Fund of Assam, but shall form part of the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya.

 

      (2) Where a tax relatable to entry 54 in the State List aforesaid levied by the Government of Assam is collected by that Government at the first point of sale  or purchase of goods, such persons portion of the tax so collected as may be agreed upon by the Governments of Assam and Meghalaya or in default of such agreements, as the Central Government may determine, shall be payable to Meghalaya.

 

      (3) The laws with respect to the taxes referred to in sub -- section (1) shall have effect subject to such exemptions and modifications as the Central Government, may, by order, specify for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of that sub --- section.

 

 

56.Distribution of revenues

.- (1)  The grants-in-all under clause (1) of  article 275 and the share of the taxes on income, the distributable Union duties of excise, the additional duties of payable  duties of excise on goods of special importance and the estate duty payable to the State of Assam under the Constitution (Distribution of Revenues) Order, 1969, the Union Duties of Excise  (Distribution)  Act, 1962(3 of 1962),  the Additional Duties of excise (Goods of Special Importance) Act, 1957and the Estate Duty (Distribution) Act, 1962(9 of 1962), shall be construct, as from  the appointed day, as payable to the State of Assam and the autonomous State of Meghalaya in such proportion as the President may, by order, determine.

 

(2) Every order made by the President under sub -- section (1)  shall be laid before Parliament as soon as may be after it is made.

               

 

57.Authorisation of expenditure pending its sanction by Legislative Assembly

.-The Governor may at any time before the appointed day, authorise such expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya as he deems necessary for a period of not more than six months beginning with the appointed day pending the sanction of that expenditure by the Legislative Assembly:

 

      Provided that the Governor may, after the appointed day, authorise such further expenditure he deems necessary from the Consolidated Fund of Meghalaya for any period not extending beyond the said period of six months.

               

PART V

 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

 

 

58.Apportionment of assets and liabilities

.-  The assets and liabilities of the State of Assam immediately before  the appointed day shall be appointed between that State and Meghalaya in accordance with the provisions contained in the Third Schedule.

 

PART VI

ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONS

 

 

59.Obligation of Meghalaya, the State of Assam and Union

.-The executive power of Meghalaya shall be so exercised as to ensure compliance with the laws made by Parliament, the Legislature of the State of Assam and any existing laws which apply in Meghalaya, and the executive power of the Union and of the State of Assam shall extend to the giving of such directions of Meghalaya as may appear to the Government of India or the Government of Assam, as  the case may be, to be necessary for  that purpose.

                                               

 

60.Control over the autonomous State in certain cases

.- The executive power of Meghalaya shall be so exercised as not to implode or prejudice the exercise of the executive power of the Union or the Government of Assam, as the case may be, and the executive power of the Union and the State of Assam shall extend to the giving  a such directions to Meghalaya as may appear to the Government of India or the Government of Assam, as the case may be, to be necessary for that purpose.

 

 

61.Entrustment of functions

.- Notwithstanding anything in this Act

 

(a) the Government of Assam may, with the consent of the Government of Meghalaya, entrust either conditionally or unconditionally of that Government or to its officers of functions in relation to any matter to which the executive power of the State of Assam extends ;

 

(b) the Government Meghalaya may, with the consent of the Government of Assam, entrust either conditionally or unconditionally of that Government or to its officers of functions in relation to any matter to which the executive power of the Meghalaya extends.

 

                                                PART VII

 

                                      TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

 

 

62.Provisions as to provisional Legislative Assembly

.- (1) Until the Legislature of Meghalaya has been duly constituted and summoned to meet for the first session under the provisions of Part III, there shall be a Provisional Legislative Assembly which consist of not less than thirty-five and not more than fifty-five person as the Central Government may, after consultation with the Election Commission, by order, determine, and such persons shall be elected in the manner specified in sub -- section (2)

 

      (2) Subject to the provisions of sub -- section (1), the members of the Provisional Legislative Assembly shall be elected in the following manner, namely : --

               

                (a) there shall be an electoral college for each autonomous district within Meghalaya which shall consider which consist of the elected members of the District Council Thereof, and each electoral college shall elect such number of person to the Provisional Legislative Assembly as the President may, after consultation with the Election Commission, by order, determine;

                               

                (b) the election of members to the Provisional Legislative Assembly shall be in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote and shall or subject to such rules as the Central Government may, after consultation with the Election Commission, make in this behalf.

 

      (3) The Central Government may nominate to the provisional Legislative Assembly not more than three persons, not being persons in the service of the Government, to represent any minority communities in Meghalaya which, in its opinion, need representation in the Assembly.

 

       (4) No person shall be qualified to be chosen member of the Provisional Legislative Assembly unless he is a person whose name is for the time being entered in the electoral roll for so much of any constituency of the Legislative Assembly of Assam as is comprised within Meghalaya and is not less than twenty-five years  of age.

 

(5) If owing to death, registration or otherwise the office of a members of a Provisional Legislative Assembly falls vacant, it may be filled up as soon as practicable under and in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this section.

 

       (6) The term of office of the members of the Provisional Legislative Assembly shall expire immediately  before the meeting of the Legislative Assembly duly constituted under this Act.

 

       (7) The election by the electoral college under this section shall not be called in question on the ground merely of the existence of a vacancy in the membership of any District Council forming part of the electoral college.

 

       (8) The Provisional Legislative Assembly constituted under this section shall, for so long it is in existence, be deemed to be the Legislative Assembly duly construed under this Act, and accordingly the provisions of Part III shall, so far as may be, apply in relation to the  Provisional Legislative Assembly as they apply in relation to the Legislative Assembly.

 

               

PART VIII

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

 

63.Special Committee for development of Shillong

.-  The  Central  Government  may,  in  consultation  with  the  Government  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya,  by  order,  constitute  a  committee  consisting  of  such  number  of  persons  as  it  may  think  fit  for  advising  the  two  Governments  on  matters  of  common  interest  with  respect  in  Shillong  in  the  field  of  education  and  water  supply  in  particular,  and  with  respect  to  its  development  and  administration  in  general.

 

Explanation  --  In  this  section,  Shillong  shall  mean  the  areas  comprised  within  containment  and  municipality  of  Shillong  and  include  such  other  areas  adjoining  the  said  cantonment  or  municipality  as  may  be  agreed  upon  by  the  Governments  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  in  this  behalf.

 

 

64.Provisions as to continuance of Court

.-  All  Court  and  tribunals  and  all  authorities  discharging  lawful  functions  throughout  Meghalaya  or  any  part  thereof  immediately  before  the  appointed  day  shall,  unless  their  continues  is  inconsistent  with  the  provisions  of  this  Act  or  until  other  provisions  is  made  by  a  competent  authority,  continue  to  exercise  their  respective  functions.

 

 

65.Provisions relating to services

.-  (1)  Every  person  who  being  a  member  of  an  All-India  Service  is  for  the  time  being  borne  on  the  Assam  State  Cadre  of  that  Service  or  is  otherwise  serving  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  the  State  of  Assam  as  a  member  of  Class  I  service  of  that  State  may  be  required  by  the  Government  of  that  State  to  serve  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  Meghalaya  for  such  period  or  periods  as  the  Government  of  Assam  may,  by  order,  direct  ;

 

  Provided  that  no  such  order  shall  be  made  -----

 

  (a)  before  the  appointed  day,  except  with  the  approval  of  the  Central  Government;  and

 

  (b)  on  or  after  the  appointed  day,  except  in  accordance  with  such  rules  as  may  be  made  by  the  Central  Government  after  consultation  with  Governments  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya.

 

  (2)  Subject  to  any  general  or  special  order  with  the  Central  Government  may  make  in  this  behalf,  the  control  over  any  such  person  as  is  referred  to  in  sub  --  section  (1)  shall,  for  so  long  as  he  is  required  to  serve  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  Meghalaya,  be  vested  in  the  Government  of  Meghalaya.

 

  (3)  Such  persons  serving  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  the  State  of  Assam  immediately  before  the  appointed  day,  not  being  a  person  referred  to  in  sub  --  section  (1),  as  may  be  determined  by  agreement  between  the  Government  of  Assam  and  the  Government  of  Meghalaya  or  the  default  of  agreement,  by  the  Central  Government  may,  notwithstanding  anything  in  the  terms  of  their  appointments  or  their  conditions  of  service,  be  required  to  serve  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

  (4)  All  previous  service  rendered  by  a  person  referred  to  in  sub  --  section  (3)  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  the  State  of  Assam  shall  be  deemed  to  have  been  rendered  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  the  autonomous  State  for  the  purposes  of  the  rules  regulating  his  conditions  of  service.

 

  (5)  Nothing  in  sub  --sections  (3)  and  (4)  shall  be  deemed  to  affect  the  power  of  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  or  the  Governor  to  determine  the  conditions  of  service  of  persons  serving  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  Meghalaya  :

 

  Provided  that  the  conditions  of  service  applicable  immediately  before  the  appointed  day  to  a  any  person  referred  to  in  sub  --  section  (3)  shall  not  be  varied  to  his  disadvantage  except  with  the  previous  approval  of  the  Government  of  Assam.

 

 

66.Continuance of existing laws and their adaptations

.- (1)  All  laws  in  force  immediately  before  the  appointed  day  in  the  autonomous  State  shall  continue  to  be  in  force  therein  until  altered,  repealed  or  amended  by  a  competent  legislature  or  other 

competent  authority.

 

(2)  For  the  purpose  of  facilitating  the  application  in  relation  to  the  autonomous  State  of  any  law  made  before  the  appointed  day,  the  appropriate  Government  may,  within  two  years  from  that  day,  by  order,  make  such  adaptations  or  modifications  of  the  law,  whether  by  way  if  repeal  or  amendment,  as  may  be  necessary  or  expedient  and  thereupon  every  law  shall  have  effect  subject  to  the  adaptations  and  modifications  so  made  until  altered,  repealed  or  amended  by  competent  legislature  or  other  competent  authority.

 

  Explanation  --  In  this  section  the  expression  "appropriate  Government"  means  a  respect  any  law  relating  to  a  matter  enumerated  in  the  Union  List  in  the  Seventh  Schedule  to  the  Constitution,,  the  Central  Government  ,  as  respects  any  law  relating  to  a  matter  in  the  Second  Schedule,  the  Government  of  Meghalaya,  and,  as  respects  any  other  law,  the  Government  of  Assam.

 

 

67.Autonomous State to be a State for certain purposes of the Constitution

.-  Subject  to  the  other  provisions  contained  in  this  Act,  reference  to  a  State  (by  whatever  form  of  words)  in  any  of  the  following  articles  of  the  Constitution  shall  be  constructed  as  including  a  reference  to  the  autonomous  State  namely  :  --

 

  Articles  12  to  15  (inclusive),  16  [  except  clause  (3)  thereof  ],  18,  19,  23,  25,  28  to  31  (inclusive)  ,  31A,  34  to  51  (  inclusive),  58  ,  59  ,  65,  73,  102,  110  (1)  (f),  131,  138,  149,  150,  151,  161,  209,  210,  233,  234,  235,  237,  251,  256  to  258A  (  inclusive)  ,  261,  262,  263,  268,  269,  270,  272,  274  to  280  (inclusive),  282,  288,  289,  293,  298,  to  305  (  inclusive),  306  to  311  (  inclusive),  320,  323  (2),  324  to  329  (inclusive),  339  to  342  (inclusive),  345  to  348  (  inclusive),  350,  350A,  353,  355  to  358  (  inclusive),  360,  361,  364  to  3677  (  inclusive).

 

  Explanation  --  Reference  in  any  of  the  articles  above  specified  to  the  High  Court  or  to  the  State  Public  Service  Commission  shall  be  construed  as  reference  to  the  High  Court  of  Assam  or  the  Public  Service  Commission  of  the  State  of  Assam,  as  the  case  may  be.

 

 

68.Power of Governments of Assam and Meghalaya to carry on trade, etc., in Meghalaya

.- (1)  The  executive  power  which  the  Government  of  Assam  may  exercise  under  article  298  in  Meghalaya  for  the  carrying  on  of  any  trade  or  business  and  for  the  acquisition,  holding  and  disposal  of  property  and  the  making  of  contracts  for  any  purpose  shall,  in  so  far  as  much  trade  or  business  or  such  purpose  is  not  one  with  respect  to  which  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  may  make  laws,  be  subject  to  legislature  by  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya.

 

  (2)  The  executive  power  which  the  Government  of  Meghalaya  may  exercise  under  article  298  in  Meghalaya  for  the  carry  in  on  of  any  trade  or  business  and  for  the  acquisition,  holding  and  disposal  of  property  and  the  making  of  contracts  for  any  purpose  shall,  in  so  far  as  such  trade  or  business  or  such  purpose  is  not  one  with  respect  to  which  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  may  make  laws,  be  subject  to  legislature  by  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam.

 

  

69.Power to suspend provisions of this Act in case of the failure of constitutional machinery

.-  Where  a  proclamation  is  issued  under  article  356  in  respect  of  Meghalaya,  the  President  may,  by  the  same  Proclamation  or  a  subsequent  Proclamation  varying  it,  suspend  also,  in  whole  or  in  part,  the  operation  of  any  of  the  provisions  of  this  Act.

 

 

70.Construction of reference to State Government in other laws in relation to Meghalaya

.- Without  prejudice  to  the  provisions  of  section  66  and  71  the  Central  Government  may,  after  consulting  the  Government  of  Assam,  by  notification  in  the  Official  Gazette,  declare  that  any  reference  to  a  "State"  in  a  Central  Act  specified  in  the  notification  shall,  in  its  application  to  Meghalaya,  be  construed  as  a  reference  to  the  who  or  any  part  of  Meghalaya  and  any  reference  to  "State  Government"  in  a  Central  Act  specified  in  the  notification  shall  in  its  application  to  Meghalaya  be  construed  as  a  are  reference  the  Central  Government.

 

 

71.Power to construe laws

.- Notwithstanding  that  no  provision  or  insufficient  provision  has  been  made  under  section  66  for  the  adaptation  of  a  law  made  before  the  appointed  day,  any  court  ,  the  tribunal  or  authority  required  or  empowered  to  enforce  such  law  may,  for  the  purpose  of  facilitation  its  application  in  relation  to  the  autonomous  State,  countries  the  law  in  such  manner  not  affecting  the  substance  as  may  be  necessary  or  proper  in  regard  to  the  matter  before  the  court,  tribunal  or  authority,  as  the  case  may  be.

 

 

72.Effect of provisions of Act inconsistent with other laws

.-  The  provisions  of  this  Act  shall  have  effect  notwithstanding  anything  consistent  therewith  contained  in  any  other  law.

 

 

73.Power to remove difficulties

.-  (1)  If  any  difficulty  arises  in  living  effect  to  the  provisions  of  this  Act,  the  President  may,  by  order,  by  anything  not  inconsistent  with  such  provisions  which  appears  to  him  to  be  necessary  or  expedient  for  the  purpose  of  removing  the  difficulty.

 

  (2)  Every  order  made  under  this  section  shall  be  laid  before  the  both  Houses  of  Parliament  as  soon  as  may  be  after  it  is  made.

 

 

74.Amendment of the Sixth Schedule

.- The  Sixth  Schedule  in  the  Constitution  shall  stand  amended  as  specified  in  the  Fourth  Schedule.

 

 

75.Amendment of Act 2 of 1934

.-  In  section  21A  of  the  section  Reserve  Bank  of  India  Act,  1934,  in  sub  --  section  (1),  after  the  words  "any  State"  the  brackets  and  the  words  "(including  the  autonomous  State  of  Meghalaya)"  shall  be  inserted.

 

 

76.Amendment of Act 37 of 1956

.-  In  section  16  of  the  State  Reorganisation  Act,  1956,  in  sub  --  section  (1),  for  clause  (d)  the  following  clause  shall  be  substituted,  namely  :  --

 

  "(d)  in  the  case  of  the  Eastern  Zone,  -----

 

  (i)  the  Chief  Ministers  and  another  Minster  of  the  autonomous  State  of  Meghalaya  to  be  nominated  by  the  Governor  of  Assam  and  if  there  no  Council  of  Ministers  therein,  not  more  than  two  members  from  the  autonomous  State  of  Meghalaya  too  be  nominated  by  the  President;  and

 

  (ii)  the  person  for  the  time  being  holding  the  office  of  the  Adviser  to  the  Governor  of  Assam  for  Tribal  areas".

 

 

77.Power to make rules

.-  (1)  The  Central  Government  may,  by  notification  in  the  Official  Gazette,  the  make  rules  to  give  effect  to  the  provisions  of  this  Act 

 

  (2)  Every  made  under  this  section  shall  be  laid  as  soon  as  may  be  after  it  is  made,  before  each  payment  into  the  public  account  of  Meghalaya  and  the  withdrawal  of  moneys  from  such  account  and  all  others  matters  connected  with  or  ancillary  to  matters  aforesaid  shall  be  regulated  by  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya,  and,  until  provision  in  that  behalf  is  so  made,  shall  be  regulated  by  House  of  Parliament,  while  it  is  in  session  for  a  total  period  or  thirty  days  which  may  be  comprised  in  the  one  session  or  in  two  successive  sessions,  and,  if  before  the  expiry  of  the  session  in  which  it  is  so  laid  or  the  session  immediately  following,  of  the  Houses  agree  in  make  in  any  modification  in  the  rule  or  both  Houses  agree  that  the  rule  should  not  be  made,  the  rule  shall  thereafter  have  effect  only  in  such  modified  from  or  be  of  a  no  effect,  as  the  case  may  be,  so,  however,  that  any  such  modification  or  annulment  shall  be  without  prejudice  to  the  validity  of  anything  previously  done  under  that  rule.

 

 

THE FIRST SCHEDULE

 

(See sections 7,  16 and 26)

 

FORMS OF OATHS OR AFFIRMATIONS

 

I

 

                Form  of  oath  or  affirmation  to  be  made  by  a  candidate  for  election  to  the  Legislative  Assembly  :--

 

  "I,  A,  B,  having  been  nominated  as  a  candidate  to  fill  a  seat  in  the  Legislative  Assembly  of  the  Meghalaya

 do  swear  in  the  name  of  god

  ------------------------------------

  Solemnly  affirm

that  I  will  bear  true  faith  and  allegiance  to  the Constitution  of  India  as  by  law  established  and  that  I  will  uphold  the  sovereignty  and  integrity  of  India".

 

II

 

Form  of  oath  or  affirmation  to  be  made  by  a  candidate  for  election  to  the  Legislative  Assembly  :--

 

  "I,  A,  B,  having  been  elected  (or  nominated)  a  member  of  the  Legislative  Assembly  of  Meghalaya  do  swear  in  the  name  of  god

------------------------------------

  Solemnly  affirm

that  I  will  bear  true  faith  and  allegiance  to  the  Constitution  of  India  as  by  law  established  and  that  I  will  uphold  the  sovereignty  and  integrity  of  India  and  that  I  will  faithfully  discharge  the  duty  upon  which  I  am  about  enter".

 

 

III

Form of oath of office for a member of the Council of Ministers:--

 

 "1,  A,  B,  do

swear  in  the  name  of  god 

 --------------------------------

Solemnly  affirm

 

that  I  will  bear  true  faith  and  allegiance  to  the  Constitution  of  India  as  by  law  established  and  that  I  will  uphold  the  sovereignty  and  integrity  of  India  and  that  I  will  faithfully  discharge  the  duties  as  a  Minister  for  Meghalaya,  and  that  I  will  do  right  to  all  manner  of  people  in  accordance  with  the  Consultation  and  the  law  without  fear  or  favour,  affection  or  ill-will".

 

 

IV

Form of oath of secrecy for a member of the Council of Ministers:--

 

"1,  A,  B,  do 

swear  in  the  name  of  the  god 

------------------------------------

Solemnly  affirm

that  I  will  not  directly  or  directly  communicate  or  reveal  to  any  person  or  persons  any  may  which  shall  be  brought  under  my  consideration  or  shall  become  Known to  me  as  a  Minister  for  Meghalaya  except  as  may  be  required  for  the  discharge  of  my  duties  as  such  Minister".

 

THE SECOND SCHEDULE

 

(See sections 33 and 36)

 

AUTONOMOUS STATE LIST

 

[See section 33 (1)]

 

                Matters  with  respect  to  which  Legislative  Assembly  has  exclusive  power  to  make  laws.

 

PART A

 

  The  following  matters  enumerated  or  to  the  extent  included  in  List  II  --  State  List".

 

{References in this schedule to list I,II,or list III or to entries therein are references to the said List or entries therein in the Seventh Schedule to the constitution ; and references in brackets at the end of each entry are references to the corresponding entries in List II or List Iii in the said Schedule and have been inserted for the sake of  convenience only}

 

  1.Village  and  town  police  within  the  meaning  of  clause  (f)  of  sub  paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  3  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  to  the  Constitution  (Entry  2).

 

  2.Administration  of  justice;  constitution  and  organization  of  all  Courts,  except  the  Supreme  Court  and  the  High  Court;  procedure  in  rent  and  revenues  Courts;  fees  taken  in  all  courts  except  the  Supreme  Court  and  the  High  Court  (Entry  3).

 

  3.Prisons,  reformatories,  Borstal  institution  sale  and  the  other  institutions  of  a  like  nature,  and  person  detained  therein  ;  arrangements  with  the  State  of  Assam  and  other  states  for  these  use  or  prisons  and  other  the  institutions  (Entry  4).

 

  4.Local  Government,  that  it  so  say,  the  Constitution  and  powers  of  municipal  corporations,  improvement  trusts,  district  boards,  mining  settlement  authorities  and  other  local  authorities  for  the  purpose  of  local  self  --  Government  or  village  administration  (Entry  5).

 

  5.Publish  health  and  sanitation;  hospitals  and  dispensaries  (Entry  6).

 

  6.Pilgrimages,  other  than  pilgrimages  to  places  outside  India  (Entry  7).

 

  7.Intoxicating  liquors,  that  is  to  say  the  production,  manufacture  possession,  transport,  purchase  and  sale  of  intoxicating  liquors  (Entry  8).

 

  8.Relief  of  the  disabled  and  unemployable  (Entry  9)

 

  9.Burials  and  burial  grounds;  creations  and  cremation  grounds  (Entry  10).

 

  10.Education's  including  universities,  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entries  63,  64,  65  and  66  and  List  I and  Entry  25  of  List  III  (Entry  11).

 

  11.Libraries,  museums  and  other  similar  institutions  controlled  or  financed  by  the  autonomous  State;  ancient  and  historical  monuments  and  records  other  than  those  declared  by  or  under  law  made  by  Parliament  to  be  of  national  importance  (Entry  12)

 

  12.Communications,  that  is  to  say,  roads,  bridges,  ferries  and  other  means  of  communication  not  specified  in  List  I,  by  excluding  roads,  bridges  and  ferries  declared  by  the  Legislature  of  Assam  by  law  to  be  State  highways;  municipal  tramways;  ropeways;  inland  waterways  and  traffic  thereupon  subject  to  the  provisions  of  List  I  and  List  III  with  regard  to  such  waterways  ;  which  vehicles  other  than  mechanically  propelled  vehicles  (Entry  13)

 

  13.Agriculture,  including  agricultural  education  and  research,  protection  against  pests  and  prevention  of  plant  diseases  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  I  of  Part  C  (Entry  14).

 

  14.Preservation,  protection  and  improvement  of  stock  and  prevention,  of  animal  diseases  ;  veterinary  training  and  practice  (Entry  15).

 

  15.Pounds  and  the  prevention  of  cattle  trespass  (Entry  16).

 

16.Water,  that  is  to  say,  water  supplies,  irrigation  and  canals  drainage  and  embankments,  water  storage  and  water  power,  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  56  of  List  I  but  excluding  water-supplies,  irrigation  and  canals,  drainage  and  embankments,  water  storage  and  water  power  in  relation  of  irrigation,  hydroelectric  and  navigation  projects  financed  by  the  Government  of  Assam  wholly  or  in  part  and  declared  by  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  by  law  to  be  projects  of  State  Importance  (Entry  17).

 

  17.Land,  that  is  to  say,  rights  in  or  over  land,  land  tenures  including  the  relation  of  landlord,  and  tenant  and  the  collection  of  rents;  transfer  and  allegation  of  agricultural  land  ;  land  improvement  and  agricultural  loans,  colonisation  (Entry  18).

 

  18.Forests,  subject  too  the  provisions  of  entry  2  of  Part  C  (Entry  19).

 

  19.Protection  of  wild  animals  and  birds  (Entry  20).

 

  20.Fisheries  (Entry  21).

 

  21.Courts  of  wards  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  34  of  List  I  ;  encumbered  ad  attached  estates  (Entry  22)

 

  22.Regulation  of  mines  and  minerals  development  subject  to  the  provisions  of  List  I  with  respect  to  regulation  and  development  under  the  control  of  the  Union  (Entry  23)

 

  23.Gas  and  gas-works  (Entry  25).

 

  24.Trade  and  commerce  within  the  autonomous  State  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  33  of  List  III  (Entry  26).

 

  25.Markets  and  fairs  (Entry  28).

 

  26.Weights  and  measure  except  establishment  of  standards  (Entry  29).

 

  27.Money-leading  and  money-lenders  ;  relief  of  agricultural  indebtedness  (Entry  30).

 

  28.Inns  and  inn-keepers  (Entry  31).

 

  29.Incorporation,  regulation  and  winding  up  of  universities;  incorporated  trading,  literary,  scientific,  religious  and  other  societies  and  associations  ;  co-operative  societies  (Entry  32).

 

  30.Theatres  and  dramatic  performances  ;  cinemas  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  60  of  List  I;  sports,  entertainment  and  amusements  (Entry  33).

 

  31.Betting  and  gambling  (Entry  34).

 

  32.Works,  lands  and  buildings  vested  in  or  in  the  possession  of  ht  autonomous  State  (Entry  35).

 

  33.Elections  to  the  Legislature  of  the  autonomous  State  subject  to  the  provisions  of  any  law  made  by  Parliament  (Entry  37).

 

  34.Salaries  and  allowances  of  members,  Speaker  and  Deputy  Speaker  of  the  Legislative  Assembly  (Entry  35).

 

  35.Powers,  privileges  and  immunities  of  the  Legislative  Assembly  and  of  the  members  an  committees,  thereof,  enforcement  of  attendance  of  the  persons  for  giving  evidence  or  producing  documents  before  committee  of  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  (Entry  39).

 

  36.Salaries  and  allowances  of  Ministers  for  the  autonomous  State  (Entry  40).

 

  37.Public  services  of  the  autonomous  State  (Entry  41).

 

  38.Pensions  payable  by  the  autonomous  State  or  out  of  Consolidated  Fund  of  Meghalaya  (Entry  42).

 

  39.Public  debt  of  the  autonomous  State  (Entry  43).

 

  40.Treasure  trove  (Entry  44).

 

  41.Land  Revenue,  including  the  assessment  and  collection  of  revenue  the  maintenance  of  land  records,  survey  for  revenues  purposes  and  records  of  rights,  and  alienation  of  revenues  (Entry  45).

 

  42.Taxes  on  agricultural  income  (Entry  46).

 

  43.Duties  in  respect  of  agricultural  land  (Entry  47).

 

  44.Estate  duty  in  respect  of  agricultural  land  (Entry  48)

 

  45.Taxes  on  land  and  buildings  (Entry  49).

 

  46.Taxes  on  mineral  rights  subject  to  any  limitations  imposed  by  Parliament  by  law  relating  to  mineral  development  (Entry  50).

 

  47.Duties  of  excision  the  following  goods  manufactured  or  produced  in  the  autonomous  State  and  countervailing  duties  at  the  same  or  lower  rates  on  similar  goods  manufactured  or  produced  elsewhere  in  India  :----

 

  (a)  alcoholic  liquors  for  human  consumption  ;

 

  (b)  optima,  Indian  hemp  and  other  narcotic  drugs  and  narcotic  ;

 

but  not  including  medicinal  and  toilet  preparation  containing  alcohol  are  any  subsistence  included  in  sub-paragraph  (b)  of  this  entry  (Entry  51).

 

  48.Taxes  on  the  entry  of  goods  into  a  local  areas  for  consumption,  use  or  sale  therein  (Entry  52).

 

  49.Taxes  on  advertisements  other  than  advertisements  published  in  the  newspapers  (Entry  55)

 

  50.Taxes  on  goods  and  passengers  carried  by  road  or  on  inland  waterways  (Entry  56).

 

  51.Taxes  on  vehicles,  whether  mechanically  propelled  or  not,  suitable  for  use  on  roads  including  terms  case  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  35  of  List  III  (Entry  57).

 

  52.Taxes  on  animals  and  boats  (Entry  58).

 

  53.Tolls  (Entry  59).

 

  54.Taxes  on  professions,  trades,  callings  and  employment's  (Entry  60).

 

  55.Capitation  taxes  (Entry  61).

 

  56.Taxes  on  luxuries,  including  taxed  on  entertainment,  amusements  betting  and  gambling  (entry  62).

 

  57.Rates  of  stamp  duty  in  respect  of  documents  other  than  those  specified  in  the  provisions  of  List  I  with  regard  to  rates  of  stamp  duty  (Entry  63).

 

  58.Any  other  matter  no  enumerated  in  this  Part  and  in  respect  of  which  a  District  Council  has  power  to  make  laws  under  paragraph  3  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  in  the  Constitution,  to  the  extent  to  which  it  is  not  included  in  entry  16  of  this  Part  and  entry  2  of  Part  C.

 

  59.Offences  against  laws  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  in  this  Part  (Entry  64).

 

  60.Jurisdiction  and  powers  of  all  courts,  except  the  supreme  court,  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  in  this  Part  (Entry  65).

 

  61.Fees  in  respect  of  any  of  the  following  of  the  matters  in  this  Part,  but  not  including  fees  taken  in  any  court  (Entry  66).

 

PART B

 

  The  following  matter  enumerated  or  to  the  extent  included  in  List  III  --  Concurrent  List.

 

  1.Marriage  and  divorce;  wills,  intestacy  and  succession;  social  customs  appointment  or  secession  of  chiefs  or  headmen  (Entry  5).

 

  2.Offences  against  laws  with  repeat  to  the  matters  in  this  Part  (Entry  1).

 

  3.Jurisdiction  and  powers  of  all  courts,  except  the  supreme  court,  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  in  this  Part  (Entry  46).

 

4.Fees  in  respect  of  any  of  the  following  of  the  matters  in  this  Part,  but  not  including  fees  taken  in  any  court  (Entry  47).

 

Concurrent List between the autonomous State and the State of Assam

 

PART C

 

[See section 33 (2)]

 

  Matters  with  respect  to  which  Legislative  Assembly  and  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  also  have  power  to  make  laws,  namely,  the  following  maters  enumerated  or  to  the  extent  included  in  the  List  II  --  State  List  and  List  II  ---  Concurrent  List.

 

 

  1.Scheme  of  agriculture  designed  to  benefit  both  the  areas  of  the  autonomous  State  as  well  as  the  rest  of  Assam  (Entry  14  of  List  II)  -----

 

2.Conservation  of  forests  in  catchment  areas  of  projects  referred  to  in  entry  16  of  Part  A,  financed  by  the  Government  of  Assam  wholly  or  in  part  and  declared  by  the  legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  by  law  in  the  projects  of  State  of  importance  (Entry  19  of  List  II).

 

  3.Industries  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entries  sale  7  and  52  of  List  I  (Entry  24  of  List  II).

 

  4.Production  supply,  and  distribution  of  goods,  subject  to  the  provisions  of  entry  33  of  List  III  (Entry  27  of  List  II).

 

  5.Removal  from  the  autonomous  State  to  any  otters  area  of  the  State  of  Assam  or  to  any  otters  State  of  prisoners  and  accused  person  (Entry  4  of  List  III).

 

  6.Transfer  of  property  other  than  agricultural  land,  subject  to  entry  58  of  Part  A;  registration  of  deeds  and  documents  (Entry  6  of  List  III).

 

  7.Economic  and  social  planing  (Entry  20  of  List  III).

 

  8.Acquisition  and  requisitioning  of  property  (Entry  42  of  List  III).

 

  9.Recovery  in  the  autonomous  State  of  claims  in  respect  of  taxes  and  other  public  demands  including  arrears  of  land  revenue  and  us  recoverable  as  such  arrears,  such  arising  outside  the  autonomous  State  (Entry  43  of  List  III).

 

10.Inquiries  and  statistics  for  the  purpose  of  any  to  the  matters  specified  in  this  Schedule  (entry  45  of  List  III).

 

  11.Offences  against  laws  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  in  this  Part  (Entry  64  of  List  II  and  Entry  1  of  List  III).

 

  12.Jurisdiction  and  powers  of  all  courts,  except  the  supreme  court,  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  in  this  Part  (Entry  46  of  List  III).

 

  13.Fees  in  respect  of  any  of  the  following  of  the  matters  in  this  Part,  but  not  including  fees  taken  in  any  court  (Entry  66  of  List  II  and  Entry  47  of  List  III).

 

 

THIRD SCHEDULE

 

(See sections 58)

 

APPROPRTIONMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

 

                1.Definitions In  this  Schedule  -----

 

  (a)  "purpose  of  the  autonomous  State"  means  a  purpose  relatable  to  any  of  the  matters  in  respect  of  which  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  has  power  to  make  laws  under  this  Act;  and

 

  (b)  "population  ratio",  in  relation  to  Meghalaya,  means  such  ratio  as  the  Central  Government  may,  by  order,  specify  as  the  ration  between  the  population  as  ascertained  at  the  last  preceding  census  of  Meghalaya  and  the  rest  of  the  State  of  Assam.

 

                2.Lands and goods.- (1)  Subject  to  the  other  provisions  contained  in  the  Schedule,  all  land  and  all  other  stores,  articles  and  other  goods  held  by  the  State  of  Assam  within  the  territories  of  Meghalaya  shall,  on  the  appointed  day,  pass  too  Meghalaya,  if  the  purposes  for  which  they  held  will  be  purposes  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

  (2)  Stores  relating  to  the  Secretariat  and  offices  of  Heads  of  Department  having  jurisdiction  over  the  areas  compressed  partly  in  Meghalaya  and  partly  in  the  rest  of  Assam  and  unused  stores  shall  be  divided  between  the  state  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  in  accordance  with  such  directions  as  the  Central  Government  may  think  fit,  to  issue  for  a  adjust  and  equitable  distribution  thereof.

 

  Explanation,  --  In  this  paragraph,  the  expression  "land"  includes  immovable  property  of  every  description  and  any  rights  in  or  over  such  property,  and  the  expression  "goods"  does  not  include  consists,  bank  notes  and  currency  notes.

 

  3.Treasury and bank balances.-  The  total  of  the  cash  balances  in  all  treasuries  of  the  State  of  Assam  and  the  balance  of  that  State  the  Reserve  Bank  of  India  or  any  other  bank  immediately  before  the  appointed  day  shall  be  divided  between  the  State  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  according  to  the  population  ratio  :

 

  Provided  that  for  the  purpose  of  such  division  there  shall  be  no  transfer  of  cash  balance  form  any  treasury  and  the  apportionment  shall  be  effected  by  adjusting  the  balance  of  the  State  of  Assam  an  Meghalaya  in  books  of  the  Reserve  bank  Of  India  on  the  appointed  day  or  i  such  other  manner  as  the  Central  Government  nay,  any  order,  direct.

 

  4.Arrears of taxes.-  Meghalaya  shall  have  right  to  recover  the  arrears  of  any  tax  for  duty,  including  the  arrears  of  land  revenue,  on  property  situate  in  Meghalaya  and  shall  and  also  have  right  to  recover  the  arrears  of  any  officer  tax  or  duty  if  the  palace  of  assessment  of  that  tax  or  duty  is  located  in  Meghalaya  :

 

  Provided  that  nothing  the  paragraph  shall  apply  in  relation  in  arrears  of  any  nay  tax  or  duty  which  Meghalaya  is  not  competent  that  collect.

 

  5.Right recover loans and advances.-  (1)  The  right  the  recover  any  loans  or  advances  made  before  the  appointed  day  by  the  State  of  Assam  to  any  local  body,  society,  agriculturist  or  other  person  in  Meghalaya  shall  belong  to  Meghalaya,  if  the  purpose  for  which  the  loans  or  advances  were  made  will  thereafter  be  a  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

  (2)  The  right  to  recover  loans  and  advances  of  pay  and  travelling  allowances  to  a  Government  a  servant  made  before  the  appointed  by  the  State  of  Assam  shall  pass  to  Meghalaya  if,  after  the  appointed  day,  the  Government  servant,  is  required  to  serve  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  Meghalaya  under  sub  --  section  (3)  of  section  65.

 

 

  6.Investments and credits in certain funds.- The  investments  made  before  the  appointed  day  from  the  cash  balance  Investment  Account  and  any  other  general  Fund  of  the  State  of  Assam  shall,  after  the  appointed  day,  be  divided  between  the  State  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  according  to  the  population  ratio  ;  and  the  investments  in  any  special  fund  the  objects  of  which  are  confirmed  to  a  local  area  in  Meghalaya  shall  pass  to  Meghalaya  if  such  investments  in  any  special  find  of  the  objects  of  which  are  confirmed  to  a  local  area  in  Meghalaya  shall  pass  to  Meghalaya  if  such  investment  relates  to  a  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

  7.Assets and liabilities of State undertaking and investments.-  (1)  The  assets  and  liabilities  a  in  Meghalaya  on  the  appointed  day  relating  to  any  commercial  or  industrial  undertaking  of  the  State  of  Assam  other  than  an  undertaking  on  which  State  of  Assam  has  incurred  a  capital  outlay  exceeding  rupees  fifty  lakhs  or  a  Government  company  shall,  after  the  appointed  day,  pass  to  Meghalaya  if  the  purpose  of  the  undertaking  relates  to  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

  (2)  Where  a  depreciation  reserve  fund  is  maintained  by  the  State  of  Assam  for  any  such  undertaking  as  is  referred  to  in  sub-paragraph  (1)  the  securities  held  in  respect  of  such  investments  made  from  that  fund  shall  pass  to  Meghalaya.

 

  (3)  The  investments  the  State  of  Assam  made  before  the  appointed  day  in  any  body  corporate  or  co-operative  society  whose  area  of  operation  or  jurisdiction  extends  to  areas  comprised  partly  within  Meghalaya  and  partly  within  the  rest  of  the  State  of  Assam,  or  in  any  Government  compact  or  private  commercial  or  industrial  undertaking  shall,  if  the  Central  Government  so  directs,  be  allocated  between  the  Government  of  Assam  and  the  Government  of  Meghalaya  in  such  purport  on  as  may  be  agreed  upon  between  the  two  Governments  within  one  year  from  the  date  of  the  direction  aforesaid,  or  in  the  default  of  such  agreement  ,  as  the  Central  Government  may  by  order  direct.

 

  8.Public debt.-  (1)  The  public  debts  of  the  State  of  Assam  attributable  to  loans  raised  by  the  issue  of  Government  securities  and  outstanding  with  the  public  immediately  before  the  appointed  day  shall  continue  that  be  the  public  debt  of  that  State  and  Meghalaya  shall  be  liable  to  pay  to  the  State  of  Assam  its  share  of  the  sums  done  due  from  time  to  time  for  the  servicing  and  repayment  of  the  debt.

 

  (2)  For  the  purpose  or  determining  the  share  referred  that  in  sub  --  paragraph  (1),  the  debt  shall  be  deemed  to  be  divided  between  the  State  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  as  if  it  were  debt  referred  to  in  sub-paragraph 

 

  (3)  Out  of  so  much  of  the  public  debt  of  Assam,  other  than  the  public  debt  referred  to  in  sub  -  paragraph  (1),  as  is  equal  to  the  amount  of  loans  and  advances  made  by  that  State  and  outstanding  on  the  appointed  day,  the  share  of  the  liability  of  Meghalaya  shall  be  for  an  amount  equal  to  the  loans  and  advances  recoverable  by  Meghalaya  under  Paragraph  5.

 

  (4)  The  remaining  public  debt  of  the  State  of  Assam  attributable  to  loans  taken  from  the  Central  Government,  the  Reserve  Bank  of  India  or  any  other  body  or  bank  outstanding  immediately  before  payment  into  the  public  account  of  Meghalaya  and  the  withdrawal  of  moneys  from  such  account  and  all  others  matters  connected  with  or  ancillary  to  matters  aforesaid  shall  be  regulated  by  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya,  and,  the  appointed  day,  shall  be  divided  between  the  State  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  in  proportion  to  the  total  capital  expenditure  on  all  capital  works  and  other  capital  outlays  incurred  or  deemed  to  have  been  incurred  by  the  State  of  Assam  up  to  the  appointed  day  and  the  total  expenditure  on  all  capital  works  and  capital  outlays  incurred  or  deemed  to  have  been  incurred  up  to  that  day  in  Meghalaya  for  purposes  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

  (5)  For  the  purposes  of  this  Paragraph,  "Government  security"  means  a  security  created  and  issued  by  the  State  of  Assam  for  the  purpose  of  raising  a  public  loan  and  having  any  of  the  forms  specified  in,  or  prescribed  under,  clause  (2)  of  section  2  of  the  Public  Debt  Act,  1944 (18  of  1944).

 

  9.Refund of taxes collected in excess.-  After  the  appointed  day,  it  shall  be  the  liability  of  Meghalaya  to  refund  any  tax  or  duty  on  property,  including  land  revenues,  collected  in  excess  on  any  property  situate  in  Meghalaya  or  any  other  tax  or  duty  collected  in  excess,  if  the  place  of  assessment  of  that  tax  or  duty  is  situate  in  Meghalaya  :

 

  Provided  that  nothing  in  this  Paragraph  shall  apply  to  the  refund  of  any  tax  or  duty  which  Meghalaya  is  not  competent  to  collect.

 

10.Deposits,  etc.-  The  liability  of  the  State  of  Assam  in  respect  of  any  civil  deposit  or  local  and  fund  deposit  made  before  the  appointed  day  in  any  place  situate  in  Meghalaya,  shall  become  the  liability  of  Meghalaya  if  the  deposit  is  for  any  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

11.Provident Fund.-  The  liability  of  the  State  of  Assam  in  respect  of  the  Provident  Fund  of  a  Government  servant  required  to  serve  in  connection  with  the  affairs  of  Meghalaya  under  sub-section  (3),  of  section  65  shall  on  and  from  the  appointed  day,  be  the  liability  of  Meghalaya.

 

12.Pensions.-  The  liability  of  the  State  of  Assam  or  Meghalaya  in  respect  of  persons  shall  be  appropriated  between  the  two  in  such  manner  as  may  be  agreed  upon  between  them  or  in  default  of  such  agreement,  in  such  manner  as  the  Central  Government  may,  by  order,  specify.

 

13.Contracts.-  (1)  Where,  before  the  appointed  day,  the  State  of  Assam  has  made  any  contract  in  the  exercise  of  its  executive  power  for  any  of  the  purposes  of  that  state,  that  contract  shall  be  deemed  to  have  been  made  is  the  exercise  of  the  executive  power  of  Meghalaya  if  the  purpose  is  so  form  that  day  exclusively  a  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State,  and  all  rights  and  liabilities  which  have  accrued,  or  may  accrue,  under  any  such  contract  shall,  to  the  extent  to  which  they  would  have  been  rights  or  liabilities  of  Assam,  be  rights  or  liabilities  of  Meghalaya.

 

  (2)  For  the  purposes  of  this  Paragraph,  there  shall  be  deemed  to  be  included  in  the  liabilities  which  have  accrued  or  may  accrue  under  any  contract  -----

 

  (a)  any  liability  to  satisfy  order  or  award  made  by  any  court  or  tribunal  in  proceedings  to  the  contract  ;  and

 

  (b)  any  liability  in  respect  of  expenses  incurred  in,  or  in  connection  with,  any  such  proceedings.

 

  (3)  This  paragraph  shall  have  effect  subject  too  the  other  provisions  of  this  Schedule  relating  to  the  apportionment  of  liabilities  in  respect  of  loans,  guarantees,  and  other  financial  obligations  ;  and  bank  balance  and  securities  shall,  notwithstanding  that  they  take  partake  of  the  nature  of  contractual  rights,  be  dealt  with  under  those  provisions.

 

14.Liabilities in respect of actionable wrong.-  Where,  immediately  before  the  appointed  day,  the  State  of  Assam  is  subject  to  any  liability  in  respect  of  an  of  an  action  a  be  wrong  other  than  breach  of  contract,  that  liability  of  Meghalaya  if  it  relates  thereafter  to  a  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State.

 

15.Liability as guarantor.-  Where,  immediately  before  the  appointed  day,  the  State  of  Assam  is  liable  as  guarantor  in  respect  of  an  liability  of  a  registered  co-operative  society  or  other  person,  that  liability  of  the  nature  referred  into  to  in  any  of  the  foregoing  paragraphs  of  this  Schedule,  it  shall  dealt  with  in  accordance  with  that  provisions.

 

16.Items in suspense.-  If  any  item  in  suspense  relating  to  a  purposed  of  the  autonomous  State  is  ultimately  found  to  affect  an  asset  or  liability  of  the  nature  referred  to  a  in  any  of  the  foregoing  paragraphs  of  this  Schedule,  it  shall  be  dealt  with  in  accordance  with  that  provision.

 

17.Residuary provisions.-  The  benefit  or  burden  of  any  asset  or  liability  of  the  State  of  Assam  which  relates  to  a  purpose  of  the  autonomous  State  and  which  is  not  dealt  with  in  any  foregoing  paragraphs  of  this  Schedule,  shall  pass  to  Meghalaya.

 

18.Apportionment of assets and liabilities by agreement.-  Where  the  State  of  Assam  and  Meghalaya  agree  that  the  benefit  to  or  burden  of  any  particular  asset  or  liability  should  be  appropriated  between  them  in  a  manner  other  than  that  as  provided  for  in  the  foregoing  paragraphs  of  this  Schedule,  than,  notwithstanding  anything  contained  therein,  the  benefit  or  burden  of  that  asset  or  liability  shall  be  appropriated  in  the  manner  agree  upon.

 

19.Power of Central Government to order allocation or adjustment in certain cases.-  Where,  by  virtue  of  any  of  the  provisions  of  this  Schedule,  the  State  of  Assam  or  Meghalaya  identified  to  any  property,  or  obtain  benefits  or  becomes  subject  to  any  liability,  and  the  Central  Government  is  of  opinion,  on  a  reference  made  to  it  within  a  period  of  three  years  from  the  appointed  day  by  day  by  the  State  of  Assam  or  the  autonomous  State,  as  the  case  may  be,  it  is  just  and  equitable  that  that  property  or  those  benefits  should  be  transferred  to  one  of  the  two  states  or  shared  between  them,  or  that  a  contribution  to  one  of  the  two  states  or  shares  between  them  ,  made  by  either  of  the  State  the  said  Property  or  benefits  shall  be  allocated  in  such  manner,  on  Meghalaya  or  the  State  of  Assam  shall  make  to  the  other  State  primarily  subject  to  the  liability  such  contribution  in  respect  thereof,  as  the  Central  Government  may,  after  consultation  with  the  Government  of  Assam  and  the  Government  of  Meghalaya  by  order,  determine.

 

THE FOURTH SCHEDULE

 

(See section 74)

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE SIXTH SCHEDULE OF THE CONSTITUTION

 

  1.In  the  Sixth  Schedule  to  the  Constitution  (hereinafter  referred  to  as  the  Sixth  Schedule),  in  sub-paragraph  (3)  of  paragraph  1,  after  clause  (f),  the  following  clause  shall  be  inserted  namely  :  --

 

                "(ff)  after  the  name  of  any  autonomous  district".

 

  2.In  paragraph  2  of  Sixth  Schedule,  ----

 

                (i)  for  sub-paragraph  (1),  the  following  sub-paragraph  shall  be  substituted  namely  :  --

 

  "(1)  There  shall  be  a  District  Council  for  each  autonomous  district  consisting  of  not  more  than  thirty  members,  of  whom  not  more  than  four  persons  shall  be  nominate  by  the  Governor  and  the  rest  shall  be  elected  on  the  basis  of  adult  suffrage.";

 

  (ii)  in  sub-paragraph  (6)  ----

 

  (a)  in  clause  (e),  for  the  words  "such  Councils",  the  words  "Regional  Councils"  shall  be  substituted;

 

  (b)  in  clause  (g),  after  the  words  "conduct  of  business",  the  brackets  and  words  "(including  the  power  to  act  notwithstanding  any  vacancy)"  shall  be  inserted;

 

  (iii)  after  sub-paragraph  (6),  the  following  sub-paragraph  shall  be  inserted,  namely:-

 

  "(6A)  The  elected  members  of  the  District  Council  shall  hold  office  for  a  term  of  five  years  from  the  date  appointed  for  the  first  meeting  of  the  Council  after  the  general  elections  to  the  Council,  unless  the  District  Council  is  sooner  dissolved  under  paragraph  16  and  a  nominated  member  shall  hold  office  at  the  pleasure  of  the  Governor  :

 

  Provided  that  the  said  period  of  five  years  may,  while  a  Proclamation  of  Emergency  is  in  operation  or  if  circumstances  exist  which,  in  the  option  of  the  Governor,  render  the  holding  of  elections  impracticable,  be  extended  by  the  Governor  for  a  period  not  exceeding  one  year  at  a  time  and  in  any  case  where  a  Proclamation  of  Emergency  is  in  operation  not  extending  beyond  a  period  of  six  months  after  the  Proclamation  has  ceased  to  operate  :

 

  Provided  further  that  a  member  elected  to  fill  a  casual  vacancy  shall  hold  office  only  for  the  remember  of  the  term  of  office  of  the  member  whom  he  replaces.";

 

  (iv)  in  sub-paragraph  (7)  ----

 

  (a)  after  the  words  "make  rules",  where  they  first  occupation  the  records  "with  the  approval  of  the  Governor",  shall  be  inserted  and  where  they  occur  a  second  time,  the  words  "with  like  approval"  shall  be  inserted  ;

 

  (b)  the  second  proviso  shall  be  omitted.

 

  3.In  paragraph  3  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  in  sub-paragraph  (1),  -----

 

  (i)  in  the  proviso  to  clause  (a),  for  the  words  "Government  of  Assam"  ,  the  words  "Government  of  Assam  or  the  Government  of  Meghalaya"  shall  be  substituted;

 

  (ii)  for  clause  (i)  the  following  clause  shall  be  submitted,  namely  :  --

 

  (i)  marriage  and  divorce;".

 

  4.In  paragraph  4  of  the  Sixth  Schedule,  the  following  sub-paragraph  shall  be  inserted  at  the  end,  namely  :  --

 

  '(5)  On  and  from  such  date  at  the  President  may,  after  consulting  and  Government  of  Assam  or,  as  the  case  may  be,  the  Government  of  Meghalaya,  by  notification  appoint  in  this  behalf,  this  Paragraph  shall  have  effect  in  relation  to  such  autonomous  district  or  region  as  a  may  be  specified  in  the  notification,  as  if  -----

 

  (i)  in  sub-paragraph  (1)  for  the  words  "between  the  parties  all  of  whom  belong  to  Schedule  Tribes  within  such  areas,  other  than  suits  and  cases  to  within  the  provisions  of  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  5  of  this  Schedule  apply.",  the  words  "not  being  suits  and  cases  of  the  nature  referred  to  in  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  5  of  this  Schedule,  which  the  Governor  may  specify  in  this  behalf,"  had  been  substituted;

 

  (ii)  sub-paragraphs  (2)  and  (3)  had  been  omitted;

 

  (iii)  in  sub-paragraph,  (4),  --------

 

  (a)  for  the  words  "A  Regional  Council  or  District  Council,  as  the  case  may  be,  may  with  the  previous  approval  of  the  Governor  make  rules  regulating",  the  words  "The  Governor  may  rule  regulating"  had  been  substituted;  and

 

  (b)  for  clause  (a),  the  following  clause  had  been  substituted, 

  namely  :  --

 

  "(a)  the  constitution  of  village  council  and  courts  the  powers  to  be  exercised  by  them  under  this  paragraph  and  the  courts  and  the  courts  to  which  appeals  from  the  decisions  of  village  councils  and  courts  shall  lie;",

 

  (c)  for  clause  (c),  the  following  clause  had  been  substituted,  namely  :  --

 

  "(c)  the  transfer  of  appeals  and  other  proceedings  pending  before  the  Regional  or  District  Council  or  any  court  constituted  by  such  Council  immediately  before  the  date  appointed  by  the  President  under  sub-paragraph  (5);";  and

 

  (d)  in  clause  (e),  for  the  words,  brackets  and  figures  "sub-paragraphs  (1)  and  (2)";  the  word,  brackets  and  figure  "sub-paragraph  (1)"  had  been  substituted.

 

  5.In  paragraph  5  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  after  sub-paragraph  (3),  the  following  sub-paragraph  shall  be  inserted,  namely  :  --

 

  "(4)  On  and  from  the  date  appointed  by  the  President  under  sub-paragraph  (5)  of  paragraph  4  in  relation  to  any  autonomous  district  or  autonomous  region,  nothing  contained  in  this  Paragraph  shall,  in  its  application  to  that  district  or  region,  be  deemed  to  authorise  the  Governor  to  confer  on  the  District  Council  or  Regional  Council  or  on  courts  constituted  by  the  District  Council  any  of  the  powers  referred  to  in  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  this  Paragraph.".

 

  6.For  paragraph  6  of  the  Sixth  Schedule,  the  following  paragraph  shall  be  substituted,  namely  :  -- 

 

  "6.Powers of the District Council to establish primary schools,  etc.-  (1)  The  District  Council  for  an  autonomous  district  may  establish,  construct,  or  manage  primary  schools,  dispensaries,  markets,  cattle  ponds,  ferries,  fisheries,  roads,  road  transport  and  waterways  in  the  district  and  may,  with  the  previous  approval  of  the  Governor,  make  regulations  for  the  regulation  and  control  thereof,  and,  in  particular,  may  prescribe  the  language  and  the  manner  in  which  primary  education  shall  be  important  in  the  primary  schools  in  the  district.

 

  (2)  The  Governor  may,  with  the  consent  of  any  District  Council,  entrust  either  conditionally  or  unconditionally  to  that  Council  or  to  its  officers  functions  in  relation  to  agriculture,  animal  husbandry,  community  projects,  co-operative  societies,  social  welfare,  village  planning  or  any  other  matter  to  which  the  executive  power  of  the  State  of  Assam  or  Meghalaya,  as  the  case  may  be,  extends.".

 

  7.In  paragraph  7  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  for  sub-paragraph  (2),  the  following  sub-paragraphs  shall  be  substituted,  namely  :  --

 

  "(2)  The  Governor  may  make  rules  for  the  management  of  the  District  Fund,  or,  as  the  case  may  be,  the  Regional  Fund  and  for  the  procedure  to  be  followed  in  respect  of  payment  of  money  into  the  said  Fund,  the  withdrawal,  of  moneys  therefrom,  the  custody  of  moneys  therein  and  any  other  matter  connected  with  or  ancillary  to  the  matters  aforesaid.

 

(3)  The  accounts  of  the  District  Council  or,  as  the  case  may  be,  the  Regional  Council  shall  be  kept  in  such  form  as  the  Comptroller  and  Auditor-General  of  India  may,  with  the  approval  of  the  President,  prescribe.

 

  (4)  The  comptroller  and  Auditor  -  General  shall  cause  the  accounts  of  the  District  and  Regional  Councils  to  be  audited  in  such  manner  as  he  may  think  fit,  and  the  reports  of  the  Comptroller  and  Auditor-General  relating  to  such  accounts  shall  be  submitted  to  the  Governor  who  shall  cause  them  to  be  laid  before  the  Council".

 

  8.In  paragraph  8  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  for  sub-paragraph  (2),  the  following  words  shall  be  inserted  at  the  end,  namely  :  --

 

  "end  every  such  regulation  shall  be  submitted  forthwith  to  the  Governor  and,  until  assented  to  by  him,  shall  have  no  effect".

 

  9.After  paragraph  12  of  the  Sixth  Schedule,  the  following  paragraph  shall  be  inserted,  namely  :  --

 

  "12A.Special provisions as respects application of laws in Meghalaya.-  (1)  Notwithstanding  anything  contained  in  paragraph  12,  -----

 

  (a)  if  any  provisions  of  a  law  made  by  a  District  or  Regional  Council  in  Meghalaya  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  specified  in  clause  (b)  or  clause  (c)  of  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  3  of  this  Schedule  is  repugnant  to  any  provision  of  a  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  with  respect  to  any  project  declared  by  the  Legislature  of  that  State  to  be  of  State  importance,  then,  the  law  made  by  the  District  Council  or,  as  the  case  may  be,  the  Regional  Council,  whether  made  before  or  after  the  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam,  shall,  to  the  extent  of  the  repugnance,  be  void  and  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  shall  prevail;

 

  (b)  if  any  provision  of  law  made  by  a  District  or  Regional  Council  of  Meghalaya  with  respect  to  any  of  the  matters  specified  in  clause  (b)  or  clause  (c)  or  clause  (f)  of  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  3  of  this  Schedule  is  repugnant  to  any  provision  of  a  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  the  Meghalaya  with  respect  to  any  matter,  then,  the  law  made  by  the  District  Council  or,  as  the  case  may  be,  the  Regional  Council,  whether  made  before  or  after  the  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  the  Meghalaya,  shall,  to  the  extent  of  the  repugnance,  be  void  and  law  made  by  the  Legislature  of  the  Meghalaya  shall  prevail;

 

  (2)  If  it  appears  to  two  or  District  Councils  or  Regional  Councils  in  Meghalaya  to  be  desirable  that  any  of  the  matters  with  respect  to  with  they  have  power  to  make  laws  under  Paragraph  3  of  this  Schedule  should  be  regulated  by  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  by  law,  and  if  resolutions  to  that  effect  are  passed  by  the  said  District  Councils  or  Regional  Councils  it  shall  be  lawful  for  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  to  pass  an  Act  regulating  that  matter  accordingly,  and  any  Act  so  passed  shall  apply  to  the  autonomous  districts  or  regions  concerned,  and  to  any  other  autonomous  district  or  region  the  District  or  Regional  Council  where  of  adopts  it  afterwards  by  resolution  passed  in  this  behalf.

 

  (3)  Any  Act  passed  by  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  under  sub-paragraph  (2)  of  this  paragraph  may  be  amended  or  repealed  by  the  Act  of  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya  passed  in  like  manner,  but  shall  not,  as  respects  any  autonomous  district  or  region  to  which  it  applies  be  amended  reared  by  any  law  made  by  the  District  or  Regional  Council  thereof.

 

  (4)  The  Governor  may,  with  respect  to  any  Act  of  the  Legislature  of  the  State  of  Assam  and  the  President  may,  with  respect  to  any  Act  to  Parliament,  public  notification  direct,  with  respect  to  any  apply  to  Meghalaya,  or  shall  apply  thereto,  or  to  any  part  thereof  subject  to  such  exceptions  or  modifications  as  he  may  specify  in  the  notification,  and  any  such  direction  may  be  so  given  as  to  have  retrospective  effect.

 

  (5)  The  provisions  of  Clause  (b)  of  Sub-paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  12  shall  not  apply  to  Meghalaya.".

 

  10.In  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  paragraph  15  of  the  Sixth  Schedule,  after  the  words  "safety  of  India",  the  words  "or  is  likely  to  be  prejudicial  to  public  order"  shall  be  inserted.

 

  11.Paragraph  16  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  shall  be  re-numbered  as  sub-paragraph  (1)  of  that  paragraph  and  to  that  paragraph  as  so  re-numbered  of  the  following  sub-paragraphs  shall  be  added,  namely  :  --

 

"(2)  If  any  time  the  Governor  is  satisfied  that  a  situation  has  arisen  in  which  the  administration  of  an  autonomous  district  or  region  cannot  be  carried  on  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  this  Schedule,  he  may,  by  public  notification,  assume  to  himself  all  or  any  of  the  functions  of  powers  vested  in  or  exercisable  by  the  District  Council  or,  as  the  case  may  be,  the  Regional  Council  and  declare  that  such  functions  or  powers  shall  be  exercisable  by  such  person  or  authority  as  he  may  specify  in  this  behalf,  for  a  period  not  exceeding  six  months;

 

  Provided  that  the  Governor  may  by  a  further  order  or  orders  extend  the  operation  of  the  initial  order  by  a  period  not  exceeding  six  months  on  each  occasion.

 

  (3)  Every  order  made  under  sub-paragraph  (2)  of  this  Paragraph  with  the  reasons  therefor  shall  be  laid  before  the  Legislature  of  the  State  and  shall  cease  to  operate  at  the  expiration  of  thirty  days  from  the  date  on  which  the  State  Legislature  first  sits  after  the  issue  of  the  order,  unless,  before  the  expiry  of  that  period  it  has  been  approved  by  the  State  Legislature".

 

  12.After  paragraph  20  of  the  Sixth  Schedule  the  following  paragraph  shall  be  inserted,  namely  :  --

 

  "20A Interpretation.- (1)  in  the  Schedule,  ----

 

  (a)  "Governor"  in  relation  to  Meghalaya,  means  the  Governor  of  Assam  acting  on  the  aid  and  advice  of  the  Council  of  Ministers  of  Meghalaya  except  in  so  far  as  he  is  by  or  under  this  Schedule  required  to  exercise  his  functions  in  this  discretion  or  to  exercise  is  powers  under  sub-paragraph  (4)  of  paragraph  12A;

 

  (b)  "Meghalaya"  means  the  autonomous  the  State  formed  under  article  244A.

 

  (2)  Subject  to  any  express  provision  made  in  this  behalf,  the  provisions  of  this  Schedule  shall,  in  their  application  to  Meghalaya,  have  effect  ----------

 

  (i)  as  if  reference  to  the  Government  of  Assam,  State  of  Assam,  State  and  Legislature  of  the  State  were  references  respectively  to  the  Government  of  Meghalaya,  the  autonomous  State  of  Meghalaya,  Meghalaya  and  the  Legislature  of  Meghalaya;

 

  (ii)  as  if  in  paragraph  13,  the  words  and  figures  "under  article  202"  had  been  omitted;