(The Gist of PIB) Finance Commission hold meeting with representatives of Autonomous Development Councils (ADCs) of Meghalaya [JUNE-2019]
(The Gist of PIB) Finance
Commission hold meeting with representatives of Autonomous Development Councils
(ADCs) of Meghalaya [JUNE-2019]
Finance Commission hold meeting with
representatives of Autonomous Development Councils (ADCs) of Meghalaya
The 15th Finance Commission headed by its Chairman, Shri N.K. Singh as
part of its visit to the State of Meghalaya today held a meeting with the
representatives of the Autonomous Development Councils of Meghalaya.
There are 3 Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in Meghalaya namely the
Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, the Garo Hills Autonomous District
Council and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council.
Article 243M (1) of the Indian constitution made special provision that
nothing in the part IX of the constitutions (provisions for creating
Panchayat) shall apply to the Scheduled Areas referred to in clause (1), and
the tribal areas referred to in clause (2), of the Article 244.
The Sixth Schedule makes provision that these tribal areas will be
autonomous districts and be governed by Autonomous District Councils
The functions of ADCs as defined in schedule 6 of the constitution
making laws on land,
management of forests, except reserved forests,
appointment of traditional chiefs and headmen,
making rules regulating the inheritance of property, marriage, divorce,
constitution of village courts, to undertake development works like
constructions of roads, waterways etc.
Revenue Sources of ADCs
The main Revenue Sources of ADCs as specified by Paragraph 8 of the
Sixth Schedule were:
taxes on professions, trades, callings and employment;
taxes on animal, vehicles and boats;
taxes on the entry of goods into a market and sale therein, and tolls on
passenger and goods carried on ferries; and
taxes for the maintenance of school, dispensaries or roads.