SHILLONG, March 26 - Chief Executive Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council Pynshngainlang Syiem has threatened that the Council would be forced to approach the judiciary in order to get its share of royalty from the Meghalaya Government.
Syiem, a Congress legislator from Mawsynram Constituency, had earlier successfully dragged the State Government to Court and won on the issue of MLAs holding the dual post of an MDC in the District Council.
District Council Affairs Minister Prestone Tyngsong dared Syiem, a Member from the ruling coalition Government, in the Assembly to approach the judiciary if he felt so.
Replying to a question raised by Syiem, Tyngsong said: �you are welcome to do that (approach the judiciary). Nobody is going to stop you from doing that.�
Syiem was unsatisfied with the answers provided by the Minister on the delay in release of Council�s share of royalty earned from major and minor minerals.
The Minister informed the House that the pending share of the royalty of the three District Councils on major minerals is Rs 57 crore. Tyngsong said, the total share pending for Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council is Rs 20.57 crore and for Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council Rs 36.42 crore.
Stating that the State Government is in no way treating the District Councils in a �step-motherly manner�, Tyngsong said, the State Government respects these Institutions.